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If I am very stressed, will cigarette smoking help or cause more stress?
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Smoking --> Stress
Cigarette smoking puts tremendous stress on our minds & bodies.
People become addicted to cigarettes very quickly and when you go for awhile without smoking you get withdrawal symptoms, which can make you feel anxious. Smoking will take away this anxiety so it may feel like it reduces stress, but it is just stopping stress caused by smoking! those who smoke also tend to smoke more when stressed.

In brief: Smoking --> Stress
Cigarette smoking puts tremendous stress on our minds & bodies.
People become addicted to cigarettes very quickly and when you go for awhile without smoking you get withdrawal symptoms, which can make you feel anxious. Smoking will take away this anxiety so it may feel like it reduces stress, but it is just stopping stress caused by smoking! those who smoke also tend to smoke more when stressed.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Smoking & stress.
Smoking cigarettes does serve to relieve stress for some people, but eventually leads to illness, and illness is stressful too.
Find another way to relieve stress, like exercise.

In brief: Smoking & stress.
Smoking cigarettes does serve to relieve stress for some people, but eventually leads to illness, and illness is stressful too.
Find another way to relieve stress, like exercise.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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