Smoking may play a direct role in the development of schizophrenia, researchers suggest.
Another good reason to quit smoking!
New research from Kings College London has shown that smoking may increase the risk of schizophrenia. People who smoke may be twice as likely to develop psychosis (hallucinations and delusions). It is not clear yet whether smoking causes schizophrenia or whether, for people who are predisposed to the condition, it acts as a catalyst.
The research study found that:
- 57% of people with psychosis were already smokers before they had their first episode of psychosis.
- Daily smokers are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia than non-smokers.
- Daily smokers developed psychosis about a year earlier than non-smokers.
It is thought that nicotine increases the release of the chemical dopamine, which has been associated with the development of psychosis.
Given what we know already about the health risks of smoking, it is always a good idea to give up the habit. We also know that the brain and the body can recover fairly quickly from its ill effects, once we give up.
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