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Quitting smoking reduces anxiety
戒菸降低緊張感

Former Brazilian striker and 2014 World Cup Local Organizing Committee member Ronaldo, left, holds a no-smoking sign during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 7.
前巴西足球前鋒與二○一四年世界杯足球賽在地主辦委員會委員羅納度(左),三月七日在巴西里約熱內盧舉辦的記者會上,舉著請勿吸菸的告示牌。

Photo: Reuters
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Smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards — despite the belief that smoking relieves stress, researchers say.

The British Journal of Psychiatry study followed nearly 500 smokers attending National Health Service Stop Smoking Clinics in England. It found a “significant” decrease in anxiety levels among the 68 smokers who had quit after six months.

The effect was greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those who smoked for pleasure.

The researchers — drawn from several universities including Cambridge, Oxford and King’s College London — said the findings should be used to reassure smokers attempting to quit that concerns about increased anxiety levels were unfounded.

(Liberty Times)

研究人員說,雖然一般認為吸菸可舒緩壓力,但吸菸者成功戒菸後,反而比較不會覺得緊張。

《英國精神病學期刊》刊登的這份研究,追蹤在英格蘭向「國民保健服務處」戒菸診所求助的近五百名吸菸者。研究發現,六十八名在六個月後戒菸的吸菸者,緊張感「顯著」降低。

戒菸對有情緒與緊張失調者的影響,比為了愉悅感而吸菸者來得大。

選自劍橋、牛津與倫敦國王學院等大學的研究人員說,這項研究發現應該用來說服欲戒菸者,戒菸會增加緊張感的憂慮並沒有根據。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. afterwards adv.

後來 (hou4 lai2)

例: We had tea, and afterwards we sat in the garden for a while.

(我們喝了茶,然後在花園裡坐了一會兒。)

2. relieve v.

舒緩 (shu1 huan3))

例: She was given a shot of morphine to relieve the pain.

(她打了一針嗎啡舒緩疼痛。)

3. unfounded adj.

無根據的 (wu2 gen1 ju4 de5)

例: I’m pleased to see that our fears about the weather proved totally unfounded.

(我很高興我們對天氣的擔心最後是多慮了。)


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