Second hand smoke linked to mental health risks by new study

9 June 2010

New research from University College London indicates that exposure to second hand smoke may have an effect psychologically that was previously unheard of beyond the known respiratory and cancer problems. One of the main reasons that people do give up smoking is the potential harm they are doing to their families.

Clients who come to the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic are thinking of their own health, but also the health of their families, their children and their friends.  This new research shows another previously unknown threat to their mental health and not just their physical well being, which will motivate smokers even more.

In a study of 8,155 men and women published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers found that there was a 50% greater risk of psychological distress in non-smokers who had the highest levels of nicotine residue in their blood than those with the lowest levels. This research builds upon previous data that has suggested smoking is linked to mood disorders, primarily based upon research that revealed that animals exposed to nicotine can display significantly altered behaviour including depression, stress and anxiety.

Speaking in Time, study leader Mark Hamer said: "Clearly something is going on even at very low levels, which is quite worrying." "Passive smoke is very harmful, and if you smoke and live with a nonsmoking partner, we need to help them realise that they are not only doing themselves quite a lot of harm but they could also be affecting the people living with them."

It is now widely known the damage that second hand smoke can do to our bodies, but this research takes it one step further in finding the damaging effects on our mental wellbeing.  Many clients are motivated to successfully stop smoking with hypnosis at the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic by their children, families, and friends but this research makes it even more important to stop as soon as possible. Nobody wants to be responsible for harming their families health.  Quit smoking hypnotherapy at the London stop smoking clinic.  Our trained hypnotherapists at the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic are waiting to help you to stop smoking with hypnotherapy.
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