"Will quitting smoking make me depressed?"


An interesting study about smoking cessation and mental health symptoms suggests that quitting smoking IMPROVES mental health and quality of life.

26 studies that assessed mental health with questionnaires designed to measure anxiety, depression, mixed anxiety and depression, psychological quality of life, positive affect, and stress were included.

Follow-up mental health scores were measured between seven weeks and nine years after baseline. Anxiety, depression, mixed anxiety and depression, and stress significantly decreased between baseline and follow-up in quitters compared with continuing smokers: the standardised mean differences (95% confidence intervals) were anxiety −37; depression −0.25; mixed anxiety and depression −0.31; stress −0.27.

Both psychological quality of life and positive affect significantly increased between baseline and follow-up in quitters compared with continuing smokers 0.22 (0.09 to 0.36) and 0.40 (0.09 to 0.71), respectively). There was no evidence that the effect size differed between the general population and populations with physical or psychiatric disorders.

Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke. The effect size seems as large for those with psychiatric disorders as those without. The effect sizes are equal or larger than those of antidepressant treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.

© 2014 British Medical Journal Publishing Group Ltd




My doctor just told me yesterday that quitting will probably help my insomnia.


Yes! My psych keeps telling me that too. Insomnia is so terrible that it really motivates me to quit.

Best of luck to you on quitting!




I love ecigs, if you want an occasional nicotine fix without buying a whole pack of cigs just get an ecig. I suggest V2 cigs. Good vapor production


I used nicotine patch when i quitted smoking. I was feeling great, but once i completed all 3 steps, thats when i started having depression. I went back on. Maybe next time i try to quit i have to stay on nicotine patch much longer.


Id think id make you depressed at first then once you adjusted to it youd start feeling better


My son just bought a vaporizer smoking device.
I just started Champix.
My husband is going to try the patch again as the Champix can be a little nauseating.


I feel much better having given up the smokes. My lungs feel revitalised, and I feel much fitter, healthier…


If I make it another 12 hours, I’ll be four weeks without smoking.

Mentally, I’ve been kind of gone.