Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed
Poll finds 26% of smokers have battled depression
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – You already know smoking is bad for your body, but a new survey finds it may be tough on your mental health, too. According to the Gallup poll, 26% of smokers suffer from clinical depression compared with just 15% of nonsmokers. Researchers interviewed more than 83,000 Americans to determine what sorts of emotions—ranging from happiness to worry and anger—they felt "during a lot of the day yesterday." Another finding: Half of smokers said they felt stressed compared with 37% of nonsmokers.

Smokers—who make up 19.1% of Americans—also reported feeling worried, angry, and sad more often than those without the habit, though the study couldn't determine whether experiencing those emotions led people to smoke or came as a side effect of smoking. On the flip side, nonsmokers were more likely to report feeling positive emotions, being treated with respect, or having learned something new the day prior. For all the figures, see the full study.

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StationaryMan
Jul 1, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed, hmmm, I thought stupid people would be less likely to understand their life is crap and therefore less likely to become depressed.
julianpenrod
Jun 29, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Smokers are also treated like animals and pariahs. Forced to smoke further and further from buildings, not because of the lie of “second hand smoke” but only to force them not to smoke. They are accused of endangering others, they are blamed for rising “healthcare” costs. Where is this chronic abuse by others factored into how smokers fare mentally? When any of the toadied to clandestinely powerful political groups, from homosexuals to blacks,want to get away with bizarre behavior, they always blame how white, heterosexual Gentile males treat them! Craven malingering sites like NPR, for example, “justify” Rachel Jeantel's questionable failure to call police after Trayvon Martin was “shot” by George Zimmerman, which may, in fact, have been Martin grabbing Zimmerman's gun to kill him and accidentally shooting himself, on the fear all blacks feel when dealing with the police! If it's good enough to give the groups being given carte blanche to spit on white, heterosexual, Gentile males to claim their actions are caused by the mistreatment of others, it's just as good for smokers, too. Incidentally, note the carelessness of “championing” homosexuals' giving in to mental disturbances from birth that lead them to engage in what qualifies as clinical self destructive obsessive sexual perversion, but no one considers saying that at least some smokers are just being affected by proclivities they were born with and so deserve not to be abused.
Chatsworth
Jun 29, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
Statistics can be fabrications.Smoking is bad for you, so of course, it causes more stress and depression.