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Ask yourself some questions to see whether you smoke to relieve
tension, irritability, and stress or to improve your mood.
The stress relief you get from smoking comes from the act of taking
time out to smoke a cigarette and from the chemical actions of nicotine in your
brain. If you return to the scene of the stressful event after you finish your
cigarette, it doesn't take long before the tension comes back and you need
Smoking is only a temporary solution for handling stress, tension, or depression.
The only way to truly control the stress in your life is to identify what
causes stress for you and learn how to change the way you react to stressful
events and situations.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMichael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,
Current as ofMay 26, 2016
Current as of:
May 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Michael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine,
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