Former smokers are replacing their smoking habits with other habits
According to the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, major depression among former smokers has increased from 5% to 6% between 2005 and 2016. Smokers who quit the habit of smoking are more prone to replace it with other habits. The use of Marijuana has also increased from 5.3% to 10.1%. Binge drinking has also increased from 10.1% to 5.3%.
“Mental health and substance use problems are associated with smoking relapse among former smokers,” the authors said. “Yet little is known about the prevalence of mental health and substance use among former smokers in the U.S.”
Most of the former smokers were older than 65 and had quit smoking for three years. “The findings represent a looming threat to the progress that has been made in reducing the prevalence of cigarette use,” lead investigator Renee Goodwin, a psychiatric epidemiologist, and clinical psychologist said of the former smokers included in the study. “More of them are now suffering from depression and engaging in problematic substance use.”
In the first national U.S study to focus on the prevalence and time trends of depression, marijuana use and problematic use among former smokers, about 67000 individuals aged 18 years and above took part. This study was drawn from the National Survey use and Health.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health at the City University of New York and the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health together conducted the study.
Various other study proves that an increase of tax by 1 dollar has reduced 1.9% overall and 3.5 for daily smokers. According to the reports by New York Universit Study, more than one in 10 Americans are binge drinkers. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said that elder people are more vulnerable to diseases related to alcohol due it which the used should be reduced.