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How quitting smoking affects your mental health

Quitting smoking is a challenge for most people who are used to lighting up as part of their daily routine, but it can be particularly difficult if you struggle with your mental health. We explore how to make the process as painless as possible, and the emotional benefits of stubbing out the habit.

If you’re a smoker, chances are you’ve thought about quitting. According to Public Health England, around 60% of the 6.1 million smokers in England say they want to quit, and nearly one in five say they want to stub out the habit within the next three months.

However, this is often far from an easy ride. And it can be particularly difficult if you struggle with your mental health. Many people use smoking as a form of self-medication, lighting up as a way to temporarily relieve stress. This means trying to quit can stir up some uncomfortable feelings.

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