Patients who used e-cigarettes were less likely to quit smoking.
An observational study found those who used e-cigarettes were less successful in quitting smoking than those who did not use e-cigarettes. An analysis of 237 propensity score-matched pairs, at 6 months, found 10.1% of e-cigarette users had quit, versus 26.6% of non-users. There were limitations to this study that suggest the need for a randomized trial.
PositiveTip: Like medications, the possibility exists that using e-cigarettes as a complete replacement for cigarettes, might be helpful.
"Cold turkey" method of quitting yields superior results.
Many smokers think it is easier and less difficult to quit smoking by gradually cutting down on the number of cigarettes they smoke per day. A randomized trial in the U.K. found those who set a quit date and abruptly quit experienced significantly better success rates 6 six months later, compared to those who set a date and then cut back gradually over 2 weeks. All subjects received nicotine replacement therapy and behavioral support.
PositiveTip: Setting a date and then abruptly quitting seems to be the best method.
Gradual cigarette quitters less likely to successfully kick the habit.
It is not easy to change a long established habit--even when we know it is harmful like smoking cigarettes. Often we think it will be easier to cut down gradually. British researchers found smokers were more likely to succeed when they set a date and stopped when compared to cutting down gradually. The 6-month cessation rate was 22.5% among those who quit "cold turkey" compared to 15.5% who gradually reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day.
PositiveTip: When making a change, set a date and then quit on that date for better outcomes.
Quitting smoking can improve mood and reduce risk of other addictive behaviours.
New research has found that smokers who quit may have greater success in addressing mental health or addiction issues. Based on surveys from 35,000 people, researchers found that people who quit smoking were 33% less likely to have mood disorders, 36% less likely to have alcohol problems and 69% less likely have drug problems than those who continue smoking.
Positive Tip: Let the "snowball effect" work for you. Quitting smoking may give you greater success in addressing core health issues.
Depression and anxiety improves with smoking cessation.
A widely held belief among smokers is that the habit relieves psychological symptoms. However, a new meta-analysis of 26 prospective international studies challenges this assumption. After a median follow-up of 6-12 months, smoking cessation significantly decreased anxiety, depression, and stress while increasing psychological quality of life, compared with continued smoking. Cessation of smoking resulted in an effect similar to drug therapy for depression in the general population.
PositiveTip: Quitting smoking improves anxiety and depression--as well as physical health!
Smokers who quit may be healthy sooner than expected.
Previous estimates predicted smokers must be abstinent for 15+ years to reduce their cardiovascular disease risks to that of non-smokers. However, recent research has found it can happen in closer to 8 years. Study subjects were 65+ years old and had quit smoking 15 or fewer years ago. The faster health benefits happened for those who had smoked 3 packs/day for less than 10 years or less than 1 pack/day for 30 years.
Positive Tip: Get or provide the support needed to stop smoking. Today.
Alcohol washes away willpower in women quitting smoking.
Drinking alcohol seems to trigger more intense urges to smoke in women who were quitting smoking, according to a study from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Women who awoke with strong urges to smoke were more likely to drink, perhaps turning to alcohol to ease their stress, when it fact it increased their risk of relapse.
PositiveTip: Avoid weakening your willpower by the use of alcohol in any form.
For each person who dies from smoking, two new young smokers take their place.
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has unveiled a new ad campaign featuring stark and gruesome images of former smokers telling what life is like with a smoking-related disease. Tobacco kills nearly one-half million Americans every year. It is planned that these attention-grabbing stories will lead many to seek the resources they need to quit.
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