Smokers Double Their Risk of Having Depression or Schizophrenia

Recent research from the University of Bristol, UK, finds that people who smoke regularly may have a doubled risk of developing mental health conditions, such as depression or schizophrenia. The results were published in the journal Psychological Medicine.Smokers Double Their Risk of Having Depression or Schizophrenia

The researchers believe that nicotine affects dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. Dopamine is responsible for emotion regulation, and serotonin contributes to wellbeing.

For the study, the scientists used data on 462,690 people of European ancestry from Biobank. All of them were 40 to 69 years old.

Lead study author Dr Robyn Wootton says: “Our work shows we should be making every effort to prevent smoking initiation and encourage smoking cessation because of the consequences to mental health as well as physical health.”

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