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Smokers Damaged By Smoking In Physical And Psychological Ways

February 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Smoking is not only destructive and addictive, it also demotivates smokers from kicking the habit and moving to a healthier lifestyle, according to researchers in Brazil. Smokers are less physically active, lack motivation and are more likely to suffer symptoms of anxiety and depression. The study followed 60 smokers and 50 non-smokers who wore a pedometer for at least 12 hours a day for six days. Results showed that smokers walked less daily, their tested lung function was reduced and their ability to exercise in turn hampered. When asked to rate their health-related quality of life they said they felt more tired and lacked enthusiasm to change their inactive behavior.
Karina Couto Furlanetto et al., "Reduction of physical activity in daily life and its determinants in smokers without airflow obstruction", Respirology, February 04, 2014, © Furlanetto et al.
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