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Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1151 (Published 13 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1151

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Re: Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis

This is strong evidence for an association between better mental health outcomes & smoking cessation, but are we at risk of making the error of assuming causation - and most especially in the direction - stopping smoking improves mental health rather than improving mental health makes smoking cessation more likely?

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 February 2014
Geoffrey F Searle
Consultant Psychiatrist
Crisis Team East Dorset
Hahnemann House, Bournemouth, BH5 2DR