Why you should stop smoking and how you can effectively quit smoking

Why there’s no such thing as a ‘calming cigarette’: Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but quitting can reverse the damage

  • Quitting smoking could help people combat anxiety and depression
  • A year after quitting, smokers’ anxiety levels were same as non-smokers
  • Previous study found quitting has same benefits as taking antidepressants

Smokers are around 70 per cent more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, a study has revealed.

Researchers said quitting smoking could help people combat the conditions, thereby improving their mental health.

They found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were indistinguishable from people who have never smoked.

They were also much lower than current smokers.

The study looked at 6,500 people over the age of 40.

It found that 18.3 per cent of smokers reported suffering depression and anxiety, compared with 10 per cent of non-smokers and 11.3 per cent of ex-smokers.

The research, described as the first of its kind to compare the prevalence of anxiety and depression in smokers, non-smokers, and long-term ex-smokers.

The latter group is defined as smokers who have quit for longer than a year.

Experts behind the new study said it dispels the commonly-held perception that lighting up helps relieves stress.

Lead researcher Robert West, professor of health psychology at UCL (University College London), said: ‘Our study found that long-term ex-smokers have similar prevalence of anxiety and depression to non-smokers and considerably lower levels than smokers.

‘Quitting smoking could be the key to improving not only your physical health, but your mental health too.’

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) released the findings ahead of No Smoking Day on March 11.

Associate medical director of the charity, Dr Mike Knapton, said: ‘There is a belief from many smokers that smoking reduces anxiety and stress, which is in turn causing many smokers to put off quitting.

‘Yet, instead of aiding people to relax, smoking increases anxiety and tension.

Previous research has found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants

‘When smokers light up, the feeling of reduced stress or relaxation is temporary and is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

‘While smoking temporarily reduces these cravings and feelings of withdrawal – which are similar to feeling anxious or stressed – it does not reduce or treat the underlying causes of stress.’

Nearly one in five UK adults smoke, according to the BHF.


Smokers are more likely to commit suicide than those who never take up the habit – and the chemicals in cigarettes may be to blame.

Previous research has indicated that smokers are more likely to take their own lives – but it was thought this was because people with psychiatric disorders also tend to smoke.

Researchers from Washington University, St. Louis, suggested the nicotine in tobacco could trigger psychiatric disorders – or make them more severe.

Research published last year found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants.

In fact, the effect of quitting was the same, if not bigger, than for the tablets.

The team, from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and King’s College London, analysed 26 studies for their research.

Writing online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), they said they found people who quit smoking experienced a significant drop in anxiety, depression and stress.

The effect was the same among the general population of smokers as those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

The researchers said: ‘Both psychological quality of life and positive affect significantly increased between baseline and follow-up in quitters compared with continuing smokers.

‘Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.’

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Why people smoke – and why you shouldn’t and how to stop smoking with Hypnosis

The Top Two reasons why people smoke as heard in my smoking cessation hypnotherapy practices in Colchester Frinton and Manningtree Essex and Ipswich and Hadleigh Suffolk – and why they should stop:


1: Smoking for comfort

People believe that smoking relieves stress and anxiety and relaxes them while giving them a stimulation. Studies show the opposite: There are many other healthier and better ways to achieve the same end.

After all if I told you that I was giving you a tube to suck filled with 4500 deadly poisons, tars that would sit in your lungs, plus smoke that would impact your ability to breathe and if I also said that you had a one in three chance of dying horribly from smoking it – would you take that chance? It is like playing Russian Roulette with a three chambered gun with one live round – would you take that risk?

2: Because smoking is glamorous and sociable

It is illegal in the UK to smoke in certain areas and this is because we now know that smoking tobacco affects not just you but anyone near you that is also other adults, children and even pets. Smoking is injurious to health and is less socially acceptable. Sadly smokers also smell horrible to non smokers both breath and their clothes and hair. Many people cite smoking as a reason to not date smokers. Hollywood stars were paid a kind of product placement fee in the Golden Age of Cinema to smoke and many of them subsequently died of cancer related to smoking. The Marlborough Cowboy even died of Lung Cancer from Smoking. And now you are banned from smoking in cars with minors.


Hypnosis is THE most tried and tested and successful way to quit smoking for good and it isn’t necessary to gain weight – many of the drivers for overeating and smoking are the same. So if you want to get fit and healthy and stop relying on using food and smoking or other substances or alcohol as tranquillisers then talk to me to see how hypnotism can teach you the tools to address all the reasons like stress anxiety and more and boost you self confidence too. If you are a sports person I also throw in some coaching!

It is a dangerous habit, as we now know, that costs in terms of health and an average of £2,500 a year for a habit that kills. It is a habit you learned and you can unlearn it and replace all the reasons you smoked with healthier and even more interesting alternatives..

Stop playing Russian Roulette with a three chambered gun and see how this will even save you money at an average of £2,500 a year.

You can stop smoking AND lose weight with my combined course! I also have an option of the Hypno Gastric Band hypnosis course plus stopping smoking if you are classified obese.

Hypnosis for weight loss combined with smoking cessation or Stop Smoking for Good – STOP Smoking Hypnosis is available in Ipswich (most days) and Frinton on Sea (Tuesday or Thursday) near Clacton and Tree Room Trinity Street Colchester CO1 Colchester Essex and Hadleigh (Sunday) and Ipswich (Wednesday) Suffolk. Also by Skype worldwide and throughout the UK. SEE BELOW FOR MORE

I also offer stop smoking and weight loss courses separately see this site for more.

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