Despite what you may think, cigarettes don’t boost your mood. Two questionnaires filled out three years apart by 4,800 daily smokers showed that smokers who’d quit since the first survey were a lot happier by the second.
“Ex-smokers had improved well-being,” says study head Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, Ph.D., of Washington U. in St. Louis. “Their mental health problems and heavy drinking behaviors decreased when they quit smoking.”
Not convinced? Another survey of 26 studies concluded that quitting smoking could be effective against depression and anxiety.
“Stopping smoking is associated with long-term improvements in mental health, debunking the myth that smoking is stress relieving,” says U. of Birmingham’s Gemma Taylor.