Despite the now well-known and far-reaching effects of smoking, more than one-fifth of Americans still smoke. Why?
For many, it may be hard to quit because they also have depression. According to government statistics, 43 percent of adult smokers age 20 and older have depression. Among men ages 40 to 54, a whopping 55 percent of those who smoke have depression. Among women ages 20 to 39 who smoke, 50 percent have depression.
Smokers with depression were also much less likely to have tried quitting. However, other studies have demonstrated that smokers with depression can succeed with intensive treatment. These treatments usually include therapies for help with depression and smoking cessation.
The report was published by the National Center for Health Statistics. Information on smoking cessation for people with depression can be found on the government Web site Smokefree.
Many Smokers are Depressed
Report says smokers with depression are less likely to have tried quitting, but can succeed with intensive treatment.
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