British researchers concluded that heavy or moderate smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in happiness. The surge in mental well-being is, the study says, equivalent to taking anti-depressants. The results were derived from the examination of 26 published investigations into the mental health of smokers.
Smokers involved in the study were 44 years old on average and smoked between 10 and 40 cigarettes a day. They were questioned before they quit smoking and approximately six months after, at which their responses are compared and analyzed.
For those who were successful at quitting smoking, there were reports of reduced depression, anxiety and stress, as well as a more positive outlook on life compared to those who continued smoking.
Smoking is traditionally blamed for a wide range of physical diseases and disorders from cancer, blindness and cardiac problems to diabetes, gum disease, among others. It’s estimated that tobacco kills almost six million people each year, which is expected to rise to eight million annually in 2030. About four out of every five deaths will occur in low- and middle-income nations.