With passing time, the trends around the world are constantly changing. People are abandoning once popular but unhealthy habits and activities. This is due to a number of reasons including better alternatives as well as higher levels of awareness.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to these trends in the advent of social media and the internet. The prevalence of both has made getting information on a specific health topic easier. In addition, people can also look for solutions for the problems they are searching about.
Consequently, there are many new changes in the health patterns in the world. For instance, many people are now quitting smoking or switching to better alternatives. This has also paved a waved for research in health conditions that ex-smokers may potentially face.
In a similar way, a new study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests ex-smokers may have a higher risk of developing depression.
Secondly, it also looks into how such people may actually switch to far more harmful substitute rather than healthier. The findings of the study appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
What Did the Research Show?
According to research from the past, smoking is inherently harmful to the health of a person. It can lead to a variety of issues ranging from triggering asthma attacks to lung cancer. The majority of the doctors advise patients of all diseases as well as normal healthy people to stay away from smoking.
The main reason smoking is addictive is because of the presence of a substance called nicotine. On the other hand, the danger element of smoking comes from tobacco and a number of other substances.
Smoking cigarettes can not only harm the person doing it but any other people in his/her company. This is due to passive smoke. At the moment, there are millions of smokers around the globe but many people are also leaving the practice behind.
However, studies show that the effects of smoking can be life-long and not reversible in many cases. In the new study, researchers highlight another negative impact that can affect ex-smokers.
While looking at data from various sources in the study, the researchers saw rates of depression rising from 4.88% to 6.04%.
At the same time, the percentage of people drinking excess alcohol went from17.22% to 22.33%. Secondly, people also seem to be using more of marijuana with the rate increasing from 5.35% to 10.09%.
While the results add to the life-long effects of smoking, it has some limitations. For example, ex-smokers had to give the necessary data themselves. Self-reporting can increase the likelihood of the results being biased.
In addition, the legalization of marijuana may have a big connection with the doubling of marijuana smokers. Lastly, it is established that correlation does not result in causation. Therefore, it does not mean that smoking will always result in depression.
Further research may be required to confirm the findings. Till then, it is better to prevent smoking altogether rather than facing lifelong effects.