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Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar;98(3):446-8. Epub 2007 Jun 28.

Treating tobacco dependence in clinically depressed smokers: effect of smoking cessation on mental health functioning.

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  • 1University of California-San Francisco, 401 Parnassus Ave, Box TRC-0984, San Francisco, CA 94143-0984, USA.


We analyzed data from a randomized trial of 322 actively depressed smokers and examined the effect of smoking cessation on their mental health functioning. Only 1 of 10 measures at 4 follow-up time points was significant: participants who successfully stopped smoking reported less alcohol use than did participants who continued smoking. Depressive symptoms declined significantly over time for participants who stopped smoking and those who continued smoking; there were no group differences. Individuals in treatment for clinical depression can be helped to stop smoking without adversely affecting their mental health functioning.

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