We’re all aware of the dangers of tobacco to our health–circulatory problems, high blood pressure, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and of course cancer among others. However, when you’re depressed all that risk seems minimal as opposed to the relaxation that comes with having a smoke. Right?

Not so fast, a new study from the University of Otago in New Zealand suggests the exact opposite–smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of severe depression. It all has to do with how nicotine affects your brain’s neurotransmitters. The study was extensive and is creating quite a buzz in mental health circles.

Mental Health Justice. No stigma. No Judgment. Everyone is welcome.


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