There is a new surprising benefit to the e-cigarette, to help people with mental health illnesses.


People with depression, schizophrenia and ADHD find the nicotine helps to calm and relax them. The problem however is that though this helps their mental health, the cigarettes will start to harm the body.


People with these conditions have to make the choice, a healthier mind or body. But hopefully not for much longer.


Mental Health Issues and Cigarettes

The reason cigarettes are so prevalent is because nicotine can improve attention and concentration and in some cases can help with the side effects of the medication. It can also for some mask or relieve symptoms, though it all the studies stress that tobacco's downsides (cancer etc.) greatly outweigh the benefits.


Although cigarettes may relieve symptoms of mental disorders, they also increase mortality rates – a report from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors showed that patients in psychiatric hospitals will on average die 25 years earlier than the general population. Many factors contribute to this difference, but diseases caused by smoking may account for part of it.


And this is important as research has shown that people with mental health problems are more likely to smoke cigarettes, more likely to be dependent on nicotine and have a greater difficulty quitting smoking than those without mental health problems. 


Almost 90% of schizophrenics are smokers and the percentage of those with bipolar and panic disorders, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder who are smokers is also very high.


A study carried out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US found that people with mental health problems accounted for 31% of cigarettes smoked in the US.


Another downside is that trying to quit is extremely difficult in the best cases, when you add in mental illness it can be almost impossible. 


How E-Cigarettes Can Help


Nicotine-replacement therapies and e-cigarettes may be a solution to this problem. With an E-Cigarette you get the nicotine your body craves, but without the 400 chemicals and 50 known carcinogens. E-cigarettes also feel much more like a cigarettes than other nicotine replacement systems, which can help people make the switch. 


Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, thinks that e-cigarettes are a promising development saying:

"Some wards give out nicotine replacements, such as patches, so considering e-cigarettes in the same light would make sense. Giving psychiatric patients access to e-cigarettes, particularly on closed wards, is definitely something to consider."


A 2013 study at the University of Catania, Italy, put this into practice. It showed that electronic cigarettes could cut down schizophrenic patients' standard cigarette consumption without having an adverse effect on their schizophrenic symptoms - which implies that e-cigarettes may be just as effective as tobacco cigarettes at reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia.



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