Smoking as stress relief is a myth

Smoking as stress relief is a myth

The research says the opposite is true. 

Smoking makes you more agitated and stressed, as any drug addiction will do.

“The apparent stress relief experienced by regular smokers when they light up is actually a reaction that is due to addiction.  The smoker feels increasing stress and anxiety due to craving nicotine.  The stress is relieved when smoking resumes.  It is actually a vicious cycle that causes smokers to suffer between smokes and to need a certain level of nicotine to maintain what would be a ‘normal’ mood for a non-smoker.  Smokers confuse these feelings and assume that smoking provides stress relief”
Psychologist Andy Parrot, University of East London.

“After six months, people who had given up smoking scored around 12 points lower on a scale of anxiety than people who had relapsed.  The scale, called the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), measures anxiety on a scale of 20 to 80.  The average person has a score of around 35, while someone with anxiety usually scores 50 or higher.  A change of seven points is what doctors usually class as meaningful.  People who gave up smoking reduced their anxiety score by nine points compared to before they gave up”
Study result published by WebMD.


Study Dr. Psychologist Andy Parrot and researchers at the University of East London Parrot, combined his own studies with over 30 others for a meta-analysis, as published in the medical journal American Psychologist, 2013. The research found regular smokers who are experiencing anxiety in combination with an addiction to the nicotine are actually more prone to experiencing tension and stress. As reported by The Daily Post on January 3, 2013.


Posted: Friday 29 March 2013