Depressed Adults Smoke More, Find it Difficult to Quit
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16 April 2010
Adults who suffer from depression are twice as likely to smoke and also smoke more heavily than adults who are not depressed, a new study shows.
Forty–three per cent of all adults aged 20 and older who suffer from depression smoked cigarettes, compared with 22% of adults who were not depressed, data compiled by the US National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The phenomenon was the most marked among men between the ages of 40 and 54 and women between the ages of 20 and 39.
More than half of men with depression, aged 40–54, were smokers compared to less than a quarter of men in the same age group who were not depressed, while half of women aged 20–39 who suffered depression smoked compared with 21% of women who were not depressed. Nearly three in 10 adults with depression smoked more than a cigarette pack a day, which was almost twice the rate for adult smokers who were not depressed.
Even adults with mild depressive symptoms were more likely to smoke than adults with no symptoms at all of the chronic illness. Smokers with depression also had more difficulty kicking the habit.
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