We’ve all heard the reports about how smoking can causes strokes, heart disease, and cancer. However, some new research has surfaced that points to another sinister threat from tobacco use. After examining the causes of death among more than 100,000 smokers, researchers have found that smoking increases your risk for committing suicide.
In the initial study, researchers examined the diseases that led to the deaths of thousands of smokers. While 80 percent died from typical smoking related diseases, a small percentage died from suicide. At first glance, the researchers said there was no link between cigarette use and suicide, but now a new group of scientists is challenging that assumption and they have some startling numbers to prove their case.
Dr. Jitender Sareen, Karver Zaborniak, and Margaret Green from the University of Manitoba reexamined the causes of death and found that female smokers were 4.4 times more likely to kill themselves. Male smokers were 3.2 percent more likely to commit suicide. After analyzing an additional 15 studies, the research trio found that current smokers are 81 percent more likely to kill themselves. The big question is why? At this point, the researchers speculate that long-term nicotine exposure could cause changes to the brain and lead to increased depression. On the other hand, it could simply be because suicidal people are more likely to smoke.
It’s clear that this issue needs further research for us to fully understand the implications of how smoking impacts mental health. However, any increase in suicide risk is a real threat that we have to take seriously. This is just one more reason why smokers should consider ditching tobacco and switching to electronic cigarettes. Using ecigs, you can gradually reduce your nicotine intake until you are completely free of both nicotine and tobacco. Have you made the switch yet?