Summary: Substantial research attention has been dedicated to longitudinal studies estimating the relationship between cigarette smoking and depression and anxiety disorders over the past two decades. In the December 2, 2016 issue of Oxford Academic, Renee Goodwin, PhD, MPH discusses next steps that may help move the field forward by identifying a possible causal link between smoking and depression/anxiety. Discovering the mechanisms which link cigarette smoking and depression/anxiety disorders from a population level perspective could theoretically lead to adding depression to the list of risks associated with cigarette us in public health campaigns.
Citation: Goodwin RD. Next Steps Toward Understanding the Relationship Between Cigarette Smoking and Depression/Anxiety Disorders: A Lifecourse Perspective. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Jan. Link to PubMed >>