Smokers Who Quit Are Happier, Study Finds
“Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life — because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy,” says researcher Megan Piper, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and its Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.
But contrary to their concerns, the study found that those who did successfully quit experienced greater satisfaction with the quality of their life, both in regards to health as well as their emotions, both one year and three years after cessation, compared with those who continued to smoke.
The study was published online by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in the December 2011 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
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