The World Health Organization established World No Tobacco Day, observed annually on May 31, to reduce tobacco consumption and prevent tobacco-related deaths. Because smoking can affect mental illnesses, Brookhaven Retreat encourages women to eliminate tobacco use in order to improve physical and mental health.
Some studies speculate that smoking tobacco may help regulate the adverse effects of psychotropic medications. Women may also attempt to manage anxiety and depression with tobacco use. Studies have found, however, that smokers experience higher rates of substance abuse and mental health issues. Tobacco use is strongly associated with alcohol dependency, substance abuse and higher rates of anxiety and affective disorders.
Smoking’s physical effects may also have an impact on mental health. Tobacco use contributes to higher risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke and other cancers. Poor physical condition contributes to mental health issues, so it is important for women in recovery to manage physical health closely.
On May 31, Brookhaven Retreat advocates reduced tobacco use as a way of improving health. When women feel better, they are better able and willing to take care of themselves. Eliminating tobacco allows women to enjoy improved physical health, reduces the risk of mental health issues and protects long-term mental health recovery.