Smokers sabotage mates who want to quit

The study also found that 72 per cent of smokers who have tried to quit think someone has tried to ruin their attempts.

Written by Agencies | Melbourne | Published: July 27, 2012 7:45:31 pm

One in three smokers admitted sabotaging another person’s attempt to quit,a new study has found.

The study by a pharmaceutical company found that jealousy

and guilt about their own habit and wanting a smoking “buddy” are among the reasons to wreck other people’s quitting attempts.

The company collected data from 6,300 current and former

smokers and found that 31 per cent of smokers admit being

saboteurs,AAP reported.

The study also found that 72 per cent of smokers who have

tried to quit think someone has tried to ruin their attempts.

Majority of smokers said they tried to kick the habit at

least three times. One in five said they had tried five times

or more.

“Beating a smoking addiction is hard enough without the

negative influence of others around you casting doubt,” the

London-based physician,Sarah Jarvis said.

“I want those who are motivated to give up smoking to be

aware that they don’t have to go it alone and that there is

support available,” said Jarvis.

“Even a brief conversation with their healthcare professional can increase their chances of success by up to four times,compared with going cold turkey,” she added.

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