Depression and Smoking Closely Related Says Survey

A survey has shown that more than 40 percent of US adults who have depression are also smokers. This means that people may need to have support not only in getting over their depression but in quitting cigarettes as well.

The survey found more than half of middle-aged men with depression were also smokers, while half of women under age 40 who were depressed also smoked.

National Center for Health Statistics conducted the survey and they wrote in a report, “The few studies that have examined ability to quit smoking in persons with depression have shown that with intensive treatment, persons with depression can quit smoking and remain abstinent.”

Antidepressants used to help smokers quit include GlaxoSmithKline’s Zyban, known generically as bupropion, and Pfizer’s Chantix or varenicline.

Pfizer is fighting off lawsuits that allege the company did not warn quickly enough about the risks of attempted suicide with its drug, which now carries a strong “black box” warning, as do many other antidepressants.

Globally, tobacco kills about 5 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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