Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Today, the results of a study have been published that found Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but quitting can reverse the damage”

This study comes as no shock or surprise to anyone who has stopped smoking using Allen Carr’s Easyway or to any one of the Allen Carr therapists who run the 150 clinics in 50 countries around the world. This is one of the most commonly held myths about smoking. This study has come to the conclusion that Allen Carr (an ex 100 a day accountant not a scientist) came to 32 years ago. It’s such a tragedy that during his lifetime, the establishment would not listen to him.

Consider the following

  1. If someone spends their life doing something so obviously dangerous, expensive and disgusting against their better judgement, knowing at any time it could trigger off a disease, it would hardly make them feel happy and relaxed.
  1. When smoking a cigarette, the heart rate increases by 8-10 bpm and the body, brain and blood stream is flooded with 3-4000 chemicals that have no place in the body…meaning that while smoking, smokers are in a heightened state of physical stress compared to a non-smoker.
  1. Once a smoker puts a cigarette out, the body kicks into cleaning mode to rid itself of the nicotine and poisons from the last cigarette, overworking itself to make sure it’s ready for the next dose.
  1. When in a state of withdrawal from nicotine and a smoker “needs” a cigarette but can’t have one, stress and anxiety levels increase not decrease.
  1. Smokers who find themselves in a place that they are not allowed to smoke but want to, don’t sit back and relax, they get stressed as they don’t know when they will next get to smoke.
  1. Smokers taking long flights where smoking is banned get stressed prior to the flight as they will be unable to smoke for the duration.
  1. When smokers realise they are either about to run out of cigarettes or don’t have any on them they get uptight and stressed.
  1. As a smoker, blood in the body is much thicker meaning that the heart has to over work just in order to pump the thicker blood round the body. Overworking all day long, making the smoker feel lethargic.
  1. Non-smokers on the other hand, don’t worry when they don’t have any cigarettes on them.
  1. Non-smokers don’t get in a panic when they find themselves in a place where smoking is not allowed
  1. Non-smokers are neither up nor down when they realise the flight they are getting on is no smoking.


Its true that smoking creates stress and anxiety but as Allen Carr therapists we have known that all along. If only the government had listened to Allen Carr all those years ago so many more lives could have been saved.