Study suggests that quitting smoking improves mood

Quit smoking; feel better:  Never mind conventional wisdom: New research shows people are happier when they quit smoking

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Quitting smoking is certainly healthy for the body, but doctors and scientists haven't been sure whether quitting makes people happier, especially since conventional wisdom says many smokers use cigarettes to ease anxiety and depression. In a new study, researchers tracked the symptoms of depression in people who were trying to quit and found that they were never happier than when they were being successful, for however long that was.

(Distributed January 7, 2011)
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