The Strongest Emotional Trigger For Smoking Could Be Sadness

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“Pleasure and just an overall good feeling” — this is the most likely answer you’ll get if you ask someone why they’re smoking. And it’s true: the nicotine in cigarettes can eventually result in feelings of euphoria and an elevated mood.

But ask a smoker why they smoke, and you will come across a myriad different reasons triggered by different experiences. These could include stress, anger, joy, fatigue, sociability and so on. With over one billion cigarette smokers in the world, the reason could literally be anything.

But a new study by Harvard University researchers found that sadness, specifically, provokes the use of cigarettes more than any other negative emotion. And sad feelings don’t only provoke cigarette use among smokers, but can actually lead to the use of cigarettes in non-smokers (more than…

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