October 23, 2014
Depression and Smoking
Wellness Tip

Depression and Smoking

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

If you have depression and are trying to quit smoking, you’re more likely to succeed if you deal with your depressive symptoms, according to a new review by the Cochrane Collaboration, which included 49 studies.

Smoking and depression are a bad combination. Compared to nondepressed people, those with depression have much higher smoking rates, tend to be more nicotine-dependent and thus smoke more, are likely to suffer more from nicotine withdrawal, and more often relapse after quitting. The review found that smoking cessation programs that include “mood management” components (such as individual or group counseling) are likely to be more successful for smokers with depression.