A new study confirms that exposure to second hand cigarette smoke increases likeliness of future mental illness and psychological distress in otherwise healthy adults. The findings connecting passive smoking to mental health risks were published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and expand our collective understanding of not only the physical, but also the psychological affects of smoking. Adults with high exposure to second hand smoke were shown to have a 50% higher chance of psychological distress than those who were not exposed. Numerous existing studies have documented increased psychological distress for smokers themselves, but the AGP study shows that second hand smoke can also impact brain chemistry and psychological well-being.
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