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Mental Health and Tobacco


Many Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions smoke and more than half want to quit.

If you are a Veteran living with a mental health condition, you may use tobacco to deal with stress, negative moods, and other issues. Your tobacco has probably become a habit developed over time.

Smoking affects your psychological health

People who smoke, compared to non-smokers, are more likely to have experienced:
Anxiety
Panic
Stress
Depression
Suicidal thoughts

Tobacco use has other physical health effects as well.

Quitting smoking will improve your mental health


Some people may have more stress and anxiety when quitting smoking. Some of this is caused by withdrawal symptoms, but this will go away over time, the longer you stay quit.
After one year, former smokers say they are happier and better able to concentrate. Learn about other benefits of quitting tobacco.

Tobacco smoke affects how some medications are absorbed and how fast they are used by your body. This can make some medications work less well, especially medications for:
Depression
Anxiety
Psychotic disorders
Talk to your doctor if you smoke and take any medications.

Talk to your mental health provider. Your mental health provider may be able to provide you with counseling and smoking cessation medications during your regular visits. Should your mental health provider be unable to counsel you, your regular health care provider can help you with counseling and medications and refer you to a smoking cessation specialty clinic.