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Smoking Doesn’t Make You Happy

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If you think that smoking is one of the few pleasures left to you, think again. Going by a study, puffing does not make people happy.


Researchers at Peninsula Medical School in Britain have found that smokers experience lower average levels of pleasure and life satisfaction compared with non-smokers, the ScienceDaily has reported.

According to lead researcher Dr Iain Lang, “We found no evidence to support the claim that smoking is associated with pleasure, either in people from lower socio-economic groups or in the general population.

“People may feel like they’re getting pleasure when they smoke a cigarette but in fact smokers are likely to be less happy overall — the pleasure they feel from having a smoke comes only because they’re addicted.

The researchers came to the conclusion after looking at the relationship between smoking and psychological wellbeing of a group of around 1,000 people, aged 50 or above.

They used a measure of quality of life called CASP-19 and found that smokers experienced lower average levels of pleasure and life satisfaction compared with non-smokers.

The studies for the research categorised people as never-smokers, ex-smokers and current smokers, and used household wealth as an indicator for socio-economic position.

“These results show smoking doesn’t make you happy — in fact, it is associated with poorer overall quality of life.

“Anyone thinking of giving up smoking should understand that quitting will be better for them in terms of their well-being — as well as their physical health — in the long run,” Dr Lang said.

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Sources:The Times Of India