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Stopping smoking may improve mental health, Cochrane review finds

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 10 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n676
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

People who stop smoking are not likely to experience a long term worsening in mood and may see improvements in their mental health, such as reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, a Cochrane review has found.1

The review, which brought together the results from 63 studies that measured changes in mental health symptoms during smoking cessation, reported that people who stopped smoking for at least six weeks experienced less depression, anxiety, and stress than people who continued to smoke. Evidence also …

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