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Monday, July 1, 2013

Former Smokers Start Up After 9/11

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...
The events of September 11, 2001, affected countless people across the globe. Thousands lost their lives and many more family members lost loved ones on that fateful day. Today, twelve years later, we are still seeing the effect 9/11 had on people on an emotional and a mental level.

New research has found that an estimated one million former smokers started up again after the 9/11 attacks. The start-up is being attributed to the stress of the events of that day, the researchers report.

In the two years following 9/11, smoking increased 2.3 percent among adults who had formerly smoked, according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Between 950,000 and 1.3 million adult former smokers became smokers again due to terrorism, Health Canal reports. Interestingly, by comparison, researchers found no increase in smoking following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

“This study provides the first unbiased estimate of the effect of stress on smoking, and the finding that there was such a big increase in smoking nationwide, seemingly due to one event, is extraordinary, and surprising,” study author Dr. Michael F. Pesko said in a news release. “It sheds light on a hidden cost of terrorism.”

The results are published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy.
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