cigarette smoking may not only be harmful to the lungs but also lead to poor mental health, according to a study. The researchers from Hebrew university of Jerusalem in israel surveyed more than 2,000 students enrolled at Serbian universities with differing socio-political and economic environments.
students who smoked also had higher rates of depressive symptoms, and lower mental health scores such as vitality and social functioning than did non-smoking students, according to the researchers. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that smoking and depression are closely linked," said professor Hagai Levine from Hebrew university of Jerusalem.
"While it may be too early to say that smoking causes depression, tobacco does appear to have an adverse effect on our mental health," Levine said in a statement.