Depression and Smoking

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Depressed people are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about a study that looked at depression and smoking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Depressed people are much more likely to smoke than people who arent depressed, and the number of cigarettes people smoke increases as their depression deepens.

The Centers for Disease Control study findings dont prove that depression causes smoking, nor that smoking causes depression. But the data, from nationwide surveys of adults conducted from 2005 through 2008, show theres a strong link between depression and cigarette smoking.

Here are some other key findings from the CDCs National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys:

48 percent of women and 40 percent of men with severe depression are smokers. Among people who are not depressed, 17 percent of women and 25 percent of men are smokers.

Nearly twice as many depressed smokers as non-depressed smokers average more than a pack a of cigarettes each day.

In every age group, depressed people were less likely to have quit smoking than people who werent depressed.

Researchers point out that people with depression who smoke can successfully quit if enrolled in intensive cessation programs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.