Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Smoking

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • It is well known that smoking increases the risk for lung cancer and heart disease, but yet, millions of people continue to smoke each year. According to a recent study in Australia, approximately 60 percent of the participants with mental illness smoked, compared to 10 percent of those without mental illness. The rate for people with anxiety disorder is not fully documented, but some experts believe that close to 55 percent of people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder smoke.


    Smoking provides temporary relief from anxiety. This however, is only temporary and comes with it's own health risks. In addition, research has shown that the relieve is inconsistent.

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    Smoking is unhealthy and is not an effective strategy for relieving symptoms of anxiety. Treatment is available, including cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals develop healthy coping strategies.


    Healthcentral offers information on quitting smoking including tips for managing withdrawal and living without cigarettes:


    Stop Smoking Basics


    Managing Withdrawal


    Living Smoke Free


    Take the first step toward living a healthier life and find ways to manage anxiety symptoms without tobacco.

Published On: October 24, 2008