Quitting smoking can boost your mental health in just six weeks – stop this day without smoking (Fri, March 10).
- Smokers may feel less anxious and stressed after six weeks of quitting – a new review today
- NOT A psychiatrist and former smoker urge people to quit
- Almost half of NK smokers have high anxiety
Six weeks – this can take all of that smoking quitting to boost your mood and mental health, according to new research published in today’s Non-smoking Day.
When people return to school and move across the country, they consider a new start, Fresh and the Prince of the North East are calling on a consultant psychiatrist to give smokers another smoking cessation go.
That comes as a major review from Cochran confirmed that smokers who want to stop smoking for at least five weeks of falling can improve mental health, anxiety, sadness and stress by lessening. People are unlikely to experience social relationships if they stop smoking. The survey found that people who stopped at least twenty weeks ago experienced less sadness, anxiety, and violence than people who continued to smoke. Men who quit are also experiencing a more positive feeling and better psychological health.
Reductions of anxiety and sadness found in those who quit smoking are just as important as taking anti-depressers.
Smoking clearly doesn’t help smokers feel better, with Public Health England (PHE) publishing new data showing smokerores have more mental health than non-smokers. The PHE/Office of National Statistics noted that smokers scored worse than the general population on any mental health satisfaction indicator in both 2019 and 2020. In the North East, nearly half (43%) of smokers were found to be in high anxiety, up to 38% nationally. .
Smoking is the world’s leading cause of disease and death prevention. One in every two people who smoke will die from smoking-related illness if they quit.
Money saving can also ease stress – someone smoking 10 days a year is going to be around £144 per month on tobacco – which means a saving of about 430 pounds during the summer season around June.
To get started, search “Smokefree” to find tips, tools, advice and assistance from one of Gateshead’s www.gateshead.gov.uk/smokefree smoking cessation advisors.
Ailsa Rutter OBE, Fresh Director, said: “These are still very clear indications about the benefits of quitting smoking to alleviate stress, anxiety and mental health. People with mental health conditions die 10 to 20 years ago in the general population, and smoking is the main cause of this life expectancy gap.
“Many tobacco smokers believe they can be helped with accents, but now we know that if you can only go out for six weeks, you can start to see not only improvement in your body’s health, but also feeling less stressed and anxious. Your chances are best if you want. Get the right quitting aids and helps calm the desires.’
She added: “As they retire from school and practice their goals at home, many parents will breathe a sigh of relief. If you smoke, departing can give you a new start and can save hundreds of pounds of summer.”
Gateshead Member Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councilor Bernadette Oliphant said:
“The decision to stop smoking can be very daunting. No smoking day is the best opportunity for people to take that first step, and it’s really important to be aware that there’s a lot of support out there to help you quit pro bono. Not only does stopping smoking improve your health, but it helps improve your health to protect others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and also saves you money. We would like to encourage people to go it, stay positive and believe they can stop smoking for good.”
Prof. Eilish Gilvarry, Consultant Psychiatrist at Cumbria, Northumbria, Tyne and NHS Foundation Faith Addictions said: “We all know that smoking improves your body’s health – but it also improves mood, relieves anxiety and stress, and in the long run you are calmer and happier.
“There’s a common myth that smoking reduces anxiety, but it really is the other way around – smoking affects chemicals in the brain so when you’re without cigarettes you’re anxious or irritable. Smoke relieves you and you feel like stress, but now it’s just time and dependency. Now you’re hooked on cigarettes and this will continue to increase your anxiety.
“You may think quitting smoking is stressful, but you can take a lot of stress out of it – purchasing help from your local stoppage smoking service, leaving out taking advantage of nicotine and later helping with vapings, and helping to leave behind local stop stops are very important. Smoking service can talk through options .
“It is very important if you take a nicotine replacement enough – nicotine is not the cause of problems, but tobacco. If you stop every day, the longer you stay away, the longer you go for good.”
Former North East smoker George Egglestone quit smoking in 2020 after he saw his partner David Reay quit. now 5 months smokefree and said “I used to think smoking helped me stress, but now I understand it is the other way around. I used to go to packs of cigarettes every time I felt stressed, but not now. When I’m off, I feel quite elated and calmer, and I’ve lost the best feeling I need a cigarette every time. Now I don’t want a cigarette.
“One of the first things I noticed was the great difference between health-wise and how rarely a cough is now and during the night time a plucked chest has disappeared from my bed – it was another thing that highlighted me and caused that terrible relegation.”
The author of this Cochrane Review, Dr Gemma Taylor from the Addiction & Mental Health Group at the University of Bath said: ““For many people who are worried about smoking, falling can disrupt social networks and lead to feelings of loneliness. People can be comforted that smoking does not seem to have a negative impact on quality of life smoking and likely to be longer term benefits for the mental health of people.”
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Health and Fitness said: “Over the last year we’ve all had some smokers but I don’t think it’s time to stop absolutely. People are now trying to quit and have a greater chance of success, and if you use subsidies like NRT and gum patches, or vaping. Stop smoking services will probably be easier than you’ll find alone. Trust me once you’ll not only be healthier and richer, but you will also be happier.”
Mark Rowland, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “There is a mental health crisis emerging from the pandemic and a number of new ways to address this need to stop smoking. People can play a role in the recovery of the nation’s mental health footprint. We’re pleased to be. Calling on supporting smokers to start their next quit effort on No Smoking Day.”