Stop Smoking Services Help Smokers Improve Their Mental Health
Smokers who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services see an improvement in their mental health such as a decrease in symptoms of depression. Funded by the Cancer Research UK, the study was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. The study found that successful quitters had a significant improvement in feelings of depression.
Researchers at King's College London, joined with researchers from Charles University in Prague, studied people who attended a stop smoking clinic in the Czech Republic. The results of the study showed that two-thirds or 66.3 percent of those who had moderate or severe depression during the time they were smoking reported no or minimal symptoms during a one-year follow up.The researchers also discovered that those who received specialist behavioral support and medication from the clinic were more likely be consistent in quitting the habit for a year if they went back for repeat visits, the Medical Xpress says.
They also noted that people with mental health issues were still less likely to quit successfully than those without. This highlights that people with mental health problems need extra help.Smoking rates among people with depression more than double those of the general population with around three million having a mental health condition out of an estimated 9.6 million adult smokers in the UK.
Smoking is the biggest factor contributing to early death linked with a mental health condition, the Cancer Research UK says. According to Dr Leonie Brose, a Cancer Research UK fellow, smoking cessation services "can be very effective at supporting people with depression, and that increased visits greatly improve the success of quit attempts". The new study highlights the great value of stop smoking services and that smokers who use stop smoking services are around three times more likely to quit successfully than those using no support at all.
Heroin Overdose Ranked As Most Serious Drug Problem in 2016
The recent CDC annual report finds heroin overdose at the top of the drug problem this year. The latest study used a new analysis method that is said to be more accurate than the previous one.
Opioid Addiction Gets A New Solution In State Law Reforms
As opioid addiction soar this year, also causing record-breaking deaths, the New York state takes the lead in controlling the problem by expanding health insurances and improving health services. This unprecedented move will take effects as soon as the new year starts.
Mental Health Services Are Ridiculously Out Of Reach For Many
In Canada, people are crying out for better and affordable mental health services to cater for the growing mental health problems. Residents relate their stories and hope for better services next year.
Is Canada's Mental Health Care On The Rocks?
Considering the importance of a person’s state of mental condition, why did a renowned journalist slammed Canada's lack of mental health care? Are there underlying issues behind this instance? Is Canada’s mental health care on the rocks? Find out what authorities have to say
Outdoor Swimming May Improve Physical And Mental Health
New studies reveal the health benefits you can get from outdoor swimming. From a healthy, glowing, skin, stronger resistance, to a happier mood, open water swimming definitely proves to be an invigorating form of exercise and fun.
Face Transplant Patient Ecstatic With New Look
After shooting himself in the face because of deep depression, Andy Sandness gets a second chance in life after he becomes a face transplant patient sponsored by Mayo Clinic. He is ecstatic with his new look, and now feels more confident and able to get on with life.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
These Are 5 of the Most Wanted IT Jobs in 2020
These are the most wanted IT jobs in 2020, considering different factors such as: education, salary and job outlook.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
Game Developers’ Different Roles in the Studio
Learn about the different professionals involved in developing video games. Becoming a game developer is one of the coolest jobs around and your 14-year-old self, perched on the edge of your bed as you play PlayStation, will thank you for making such an awesome career move.
Michael Wiener of Albuquerque New Mexico Shares Fun Facts About the History of USA License Plates
Motor vehicle license plates are physical, historical records of motor vehicle history and license plate collecting attracts fans of history, motor vehicles, and classic design. In this article, license plate expert Michael Wiener of Albuquerque New Mexico shares fun facts about license plates in the United States.