More Than Half Of U.S. Adult Smokers Surveyed Planned To Quit In 2014

By USDR



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According to a new survey conducted for national public health nonprofit, Legacy®, 56 percent of adult smokers polled were preparing to quit as a New Year’s Resolution in 2014 to improve their health. The findings come at a critical date when past research has shown quitters are most vulnerable to relapse: the 8th day of a quit attempt. This new data, released as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, also found that:

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  • 41% of adult smokers surveyed planned to quit smoking “cold turkey” for New Years – a method that is largely ineffective for the majority of smokers.

  • 12% of them planned to switch to electronic cigarettes, a product yet to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and whose safety risks remain unknown.

  • 37% of the adult smokers surveyed plan to quit to save money and

  • 31.7% want to quit because they don’t want their clothes and hair to smell.

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“On January 8th, those who quit for New Year’s may be struggling to remain committed to their resolution,” said Robin Koval, President and CEO of Legacy. “Our new survey findings underscore the need for planning and using proven effective tools like nicotine replacement therapies and social support – not going ‘cold turkey,’ as more than 40 percent of smokers polled have indicated – unfortunately, most smokers continue to think that quitting is simply a matter of willpower,” she said. “They should also be wary of e-cigarettes.  While it is likely these products are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, they are not regulated and have not been approved as an effective cessation tool,” she said.

Smoking is a powerful addiction that is extremely difficult to overcome. The nicotine in cigarettes changes the chemistry of a smoker’s brain, creating physical dependence. Coupled with the behavioral and social aspects of smoking, it can seem next to impossible for a smoker to quit smoking. By building a quit plan, smokers can address the physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of addiction and work toward re-learning life without cigarettes.

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Quitting smoking takes preparation, tenacity and support. For those who need help quitting, BecomeAnEX.org offers free personalized quit plans, resources, information, and tools that were designed with input from former and current smokers. The site also hosts a thriving online community, where smokers who are trying to quit can connect with others to share support and encouragement in an effort to increase the odds that smokers stay quit.

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