Smoking is destructive not only to the body but also to the brain, and addicts are at greater risk of schizophrenia and depression.
This was revealed in a medical study conducted in the United Kingdom.
Research from the University of Bristol found that smoking increased the risk of developing schizophrenia by 53 to 127 percent and depression by 54 to 132 percent.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness.
The disease can cause fundamental changes in thinking, feelings, emotions and behaviors, which can seriously affect a patient’s daily routine.
The study did not say why smoking increases the risk of these mental illnesses.
However, researchers say that people with mental illness have a higher smoking rate than healthy people.
The study estimated that out of 6 million smokers in the UK, 230,000 suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and 1.6 million suffer from depression and anxiety.
There is no doubt that smoking is detrimental to mental health and preventing it will help improve physical and mental health, the researchers said.
The findings come as a new anti-smoking plan is being worked out in the UK.
Earlier, a June 2022 study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States found that smokers were twice as likely to develop heart failure as those who stayed away from the addiction.
The study looked at the relationship between smoking and different types of heart failure.
Research has shown that even if people quit smoking, their risk of heart failure remains high for decades.
The researchers said that these findings show the importance of staying away from smoking.