A new study that was released this week shows that secondhand smoke may cause more than physical harm. Dr. Hamer found in the past that cigarette smokers tend to have higher rates of depression and other mental health issues. This most recent study sought to examine if there is any relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and psychiatric distress. What they found was interesting.
People in this study who had higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke had increased levels of depression and anxiety. They also discovered that people exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to be admitted to a hospital for severe mental health reasons than people who were not exposed to secondhand smoke.
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