A new study shows that depressed people have difficulties with quitting smoking. Scientists say that depressed people can hardly go through symptoms following quitting such as insomnia, cravings and anxiety. However, extra exercises may help smokers quit faster. Even simple walking can help here.
The co-author of the stufy is Gregory Moullec, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of exercise science at Concordia University in Montreal, told that knowing this information smokers should take action. Paquito Bernard, the lead author, believes that the new data will convince other researchers and health care providers in the importance of using physical exercises to fight depression and quitting smoking symptoms.
Almost 20% of adult people in North America smoke cigarettes on a regular basis and the number of smokers is declining. At the same time, around 40% of depressed people do smoke to overcome their depression.
People with depression smoke two times more than smokers without depression. Those who have difficulties with quitting may get into depression and they do not realize this.
The results of the study may be found in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The researchers examined smoking cessation programs created for those with depression. Their aim was to find most effective exercises to fight withdrawal symptoms. Also they were searching for connection between smoking and exercises, exercises and depression.
During 18 months of investigation scientists found that regular walks can help to overcome withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. But walks will not help to fight depression. However, more studies need to be done in order to find out what exercises are most helpful in quitting.