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2. Anxiety

For some, cigarettes are a response to stress and anxiety, and they may even help reduce it. However, research suggests smoking may cause mood disorders, including incidents of panic attacks. According to doctors, smoking alters the microstructural integrity of the brain’s white matter in the prefrontal cortices, which could impact its ability to process anxiety. It also reduces the gray matter in the cerebellum and other areas that affect emotions.

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