Many people turn to cigarettes or e-cigarettes to deal with stress, anxiety or tension. And nicotine might help in the short term. But after those initial effects, nicotine cravings return and increase feelings of stress and anxiety.
That is how nicotine is designed to work: make you feel better briefly, then let you down so your cravings return, making you want to smoke again and again. That’s why tobacco companies add nicotine to cigarettes and other products.
It is common to feel irritated or upset, restless, distracted, anxious or depressed. But using nicotine to deal with those feelings results in them getting worse over time. Tobacco can also interfere with some medications taken by people with behavioral health conditions, preventing them from getting the full, positive effects of treatment.