How Smoking Cessation Benefits Your Mental Health

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Quitting smoking has many benefits to your physical health as well as mental health.



It is really beneficial when you know you are mentally healthy. Smoking cessation can help you feel better and live longer. We all know that smoking can cause different types of cancer and can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders like dementia. Many studies showed that giving up cigarette can reduce mental health problems.

Ashtray And Glasses On White Blueprint Background.Why it is important to stop cigarette smoking?


Probably you will feel better and healthier than before if you stop smoking now. It can also reduce the amount of medication you take. It can lead to a better, longer and healthier life. If you will continue to smoke, you are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.

Smoking significantly affects the health of men and women. Like for example, men find it hard to get an erection while women who smoke are more likely to get pregnant, dramatically harming the baby’s health in the mother’s womb.

If you stop smoking, your risk of depression, anxiety and stress will decline. Your mood and well-being will also improve, as well as your quality of life.

Some people may think that smoking is good for mental health. They feel that the habit eases symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, and helps them relax, not knowing that cigarettes may only worsen them. A lot of smokers misunderstood the fact that cigarettes corrupt their mental health.

Ways to improve your mental health in quitting smoking:

  • Seek professional help. Your psychiatrist can help you improve your mental and physical health and develop a healthy lifestyle. He or she is the right person to give you advice and information on what medications to stop smoking. They can also support you in making any changes you need for your medication after you stop smoking.
  • Try self-help techniques. Make yourself busy by doing regular physical exercises and activities. You can also read a self-help book that contains tips and information about improving mental health while quitting smoking.
  • Get help and support from other people. Apart from health professionals, you can get right and valuable support from your family and friends. These people can keep you motivated and focused. You can also seek inspiration from someone who has successfully quit smoking.
  • Learn to manage your stress levels. Know how to handle undesirable feelings and symptoms safely and effectively. Consider attending a yoga class, incorporate regular exercise in your daily routine, get enough rest, and eat healthy.
  • You can also use a support product to help you improve your mental health.
  • Make sure your mental health issues are well under control. Create a good plan of action.

By quitting smoking now, you are reducing your chances of developing mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. What’s more, you are also improving your well-being and overall quality of life.


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