Quitters Say “Life’s Happier Without Cigarettes”

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Cigarette smoking has been one of the most common vices of about 1.22 billion people globally. People usually smoke because they feel relaxed when they do; while some just want to follow the trend of the times. Eventually, most of them become addicted to this habit. Moreover, it has also several health detriments like development of lung and cardiac diseases. This is the main reason smoke cessation is essential. What is life after quitting? This was answered by the recent research of Dr. Megan Piper of the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health and her colleagues, found online in Springer’s journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine. It revealed that quitters are happier and more contented with their health than those who keep on smoking. This study determined whether quitting can lead to better psychological well-being.

Smokers commonly think that quitting would disrupt their lifestyle and bring doom to their lives. However, successful quitters stated that they feel healthier and more satisfied with their lives, both one year and three years after, than before. It has been proven even before that quitting smoking leads to an improved health and prevention of premature death. But, how does giving up smoking truly influence quitters’ quality of life.

Smokers strongly believe that discontinuing this habit will lead to deteriorating quality of life. In fact, they can have positive experiences after they stop smoking, like improved well-being. This can be utilized by clinicians in educating and encouraging people to quit smoking.

In the US, 1,504 smokers participated in a smoking cessation trial. Here, the authors made an evaluation on the overall quality of life, health-related quality of life, positive versus negative emotions, relationship satisfaction and occurrence of stressors. At both one year and 3 years after smoking cessation, smoking status and quality of life were evaluated.

Furthermore, the quality of life measures used were composed of health, self-regard, work, recreation, standard of living, philosophy of life, learning, creativity, love, relationship, friendship, social service, relationship with relatives, home, neighborhood and community.

The authors discovered that no deterioration was observed in the quality of life of ex-smokers who quit successfully. What’s more, the quitters put high scores on measures of overall quality of life, health-related quality of life and positive emotions, one year and 3 years post cessation. They also cited that, during the third year, they had less stressors.

In conclusion, the authors stated that their study presented a significant proof that smoking cessation has tangible and intangible benefits tied to it, in the context of life satisfaction and quality of life. Indeed, after life of smoking, what comes after is more happiness in the lives of quitters.




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