18 Sep '11, 1am

Smokers: kicking the habit may improve your personality - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Kicking the cigarette habit reveals some suprising new benefits beyond cleaner lungs. Snuffing out smoking may also improve your personality, curbing traits such as neuroticism and impulsivity, according to new research. Study lead author Andrew Littlefield of the University of Missouri in the US found that people who are more impulsive, more emotionally negative, and more anxious are also more likely to smoke. Researchers compared people, ages 18 to 35, who smoked with those who had quit smoking. Kicking the habit revealed its biggest decline in these personality traits in participants ages 18 to 25. "Smokers at age 18 had higher impulsivity rates than nonsmokers at age 18, and those who quit tended to display the steepest declines in impulsivity between ages 18 and 25," Littlefield said. For older smokers, he adds, smoking becomes part of a regular behavior pattern, driv...

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