Quitting smoking may ease stress levels

June 16, 2010 2:19:11 PM PDT
A lot of smokers often light up when they are stressed. But a new study finds that after a person kicks the habit chronic stress levels may go down.

Scientists say this should give smokers reassurance that quitting will not deprive them of a valuable stress reliever.

The reason for this is still unclear but it could mean that people vulnerable to stress are more likely to take up smoking.

The study in the journal Addiction also suggests that giving up smoking can benefit not only physical health but mental well being as well.