January is Mental Health Month.

How does tobacco/nicotine use affect mental health?

Most tobacco/nicotine users say they want to stop, but some continue because it’s a common belief that tobacco/nicotine use helps you relax. When in reality it actually only relieves nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and this relief is only temporary until you crave more nicotine. Over time it actually increases your anxiety and tension, plus the risk to develop depression.

Is tobacco/nicotine causing your stress?

The Quitline of Iowa is a free confidential tobacco cessation program here in Iowa to help adults or youth get the support they need.

Lisa McConnell
Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Sieda Community Action
Behavioral Health and Treatment Services