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Stressed-out smokers more likely to smoke less, study finds

14th April 2010

Smokers with stressful jobs are more likely to find it easier to reduce their dependence on cigarettes, new research has claimed.

In a study published in open access medical journal Tobacco Induced Diseases, researchers found that employees who experience stress at work are likely to smoke less than they otherwise would, therefore having a lower dependence on nicotine.

Lead researcher Dr Anna Schmidt, of the University of Cologne, said: “Heavy workload may drive employees to smoke only in their spare time.”

The study also found that being religious, being married, and having a higher level of education have a significant effect on the prevention of nicotine dependence.

Dan Tickle, chief executive of the charity organisation No Smoking Day, said the established link between stress and nicotine dependency makes the study initially appear “contradictory”.

However, he added: “It may be that smoke-free workplaces are making it more attractive for the stressed worker to stay indoors instead of having a cigarette in the rain, particularly if time is at a premium.”

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