The Challenges of Quitting - TIME Article Reveals

Posted at 12:14 pm on 06/05/2014 by Dave Greene RN, CCWC
                                                                                       Wednesday, June 04, 2014 7:52 AM

Good Morning,

This is an article I found in TIME about the challenges and desires of people who want to stop smoking.  I hope you find it interesting.  Please let me know.
Why Smokers Try, But Can’t Quit
By Maia Szalavitz@maiaszNov. 11, 2011


More than two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit, but few actually succeed, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The report found that among smokers who wanted to quit, half tried in 2010, but only about 6% were able to do it. Fewer than one third of smokers who tried to quit sought help through counseling or medication, even though such treatments can double or even triple the odds of success. Slightly less than half of smokers reported receiving advice from their doctors to quit, even though this also can increase quit attempts and the likelihood of success.are motivated to overcome their addiction.said McAfee.

MORE:Is Nicotine a ‘Gateway’ to Cocaine Addiction (and Cancer)?selected group of smokers who typically have had a harder time quitting without treatment.”smoking medications.s side effects make it too dangerous to use as a first option for smokers trying to quit.”he said.MORE:Trying To Quit Smoking? Don’t Start With Chantix, Say Some Expertsbut are less successful. The authors suggested that this could be attributable in part to the fact that African Americans are three times more likely than other groups to smoke menthol cigarettes, which are harder to quit.The study also found that smokers who have a college degree are nearly three times more likely to kick the habit than those who have less than a high school education, suggesting that socioeconomic factors may also play a role in the racial differences found.The study was based on a survey of about 27,000 Americans, interviewed between 2001 and 2010, and was publisheds Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in advance of the Great American Smokeout. The annual event, held by the American Cancer Society to support quitting, will take place on November tried to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed eventually, according to the research. Click here for resources provided by the CDC for smokers who want to stop.MORE:How Economic Inequality Is (Literally) Making Us SickMaia Szalavitz is a health writer at Find her on Twitter at @maiasz. You can also continue the discussion on TIME Healthland’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIMEHealthland.

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