A new study has found that couples who attempt to quit smoking together have six times as much chance of succeeding, that those attempting it alone.
Why is it easier for couples? The idea is the same as getting fit and losing weight quicker when exercising with one’s partner. A previous study observed that when one partner quits smoking, the other partner is more inclined to follow in their partner's footsteps and make the same healthy behavior change. According to study author Magda Lampridou from the Imperial College London in the UK, "Quitting smoking can be a lonely endeavor. People feel left out when they skip the smoke break at work or avoid social occasions. On top of that, there are nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Partners can distract each other from the cravings by going for a walk or to the cinema and encouraging replacement activities like eating healthy food or meditating when alone. Active support works best, rather than nagging."
The European Society of Cardiology's (ESC) cardiovascular prevention guidelines strongly advise against consuming tobacco in any form, and those who give up smoking have shown decreased susceptibility to heart attacks.
The new study was aimed at investigating the role married partners or co-habiting partners play in smoking cessation. The participants in the study were 222 active smokers who had suffered a heart attack or were at a risk of developing cardiovascular disorders, and their partners. 99 partners were active smokers, 40 had quit smoking at some point, and 83 didn't smoke.
During the 16-week programme, were offered nicotine patches and cum. Some participants were also allowed to opt for varenicline instead of nicotine therapy. The end results showed that 64% of patients and 75% of partners were abstinent, as compared to 55% and none at the onset of the programme. The chances of couples quitting together were also 6 times higher than those who were attempting it by themselves.
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