New Year resolution is your best chance to quit smoking, say Stirling researcher

Posted: 12/30/2013

From the University of Stirling:

January is one of the best times to give up smoking, according to award-winning researchers who say New Year's resolutions can help you quit forever.

Data from UK studies into who gives up smoking, and how, indicate that people who quit in January are more likely to be successful than those who quit at other times of the year.

This is because New Year's resolutions can give an added boost to quitters' motivation, a critical element in whether or not people will be successful.

University of Stirling public health scientist Professor Linda Bauld says: "Studies over the last decade show that one of the single biggest factors in predicting whether someone will stop smoking is how motivated they are. A January deadline can give a bit of extra motivation."

A New Year resolution to quit smoking is particularly effective if combined with stop smoking medications and support, she emphasises. Read more.