By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We know that cigarette smoking is related to stress. But a new study out of the University of Seattle and the VA Hospital took a look at post traumatic stress disorder in veterans and how it relates to cigarette smoking.

They found people who smoked cigarettes and suffered from PTSD. Then they gave them counseling about cigarette smoking as well as treatment for the PTSD. In that group they got 9 percent to quit smoking. They then took another group with PTSD who were cigarette smokers but they only gave them smoking cessation counseling.  In that group only four-and-a-half percent kicked the habit.

In some cases it takes far more than cigarette cessation counseling to do the trick. This tells us there could be more than one factor linked with cigarette smoking and we need to look at what they are and do the best we can to try to attack it.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio