Smoking is injurious to health – that’s what even its packet says. Then why do we keep up with this health-damaging habit that kills about 480,000 people in the United States on a yearly basis? While you must already be knowing that smoking causes lung problems, did you know that it is also the leading cause of blindness due to macular degeneration?
Smoking, which chips in diabetes risk, can also make the ailment a lot more challenging by restricting the flow of blood to the lower half of the body. It ups the risk of amputation and can cause erectile dysfunction as well. Among women, it can cause fertility issues, ectopic pregnancy and even cleft palates in their newborns.
Smoking can damage oral health and lead to arthritis, hip fractures, and cancer. However, getting rid of the habit isn’t as easy as throwing cigarettes out of the house. Smokers who try to quit have to go through nicotine withdrawal symptoms which is the reason behind why they don’t succeed at quitting tobacco.
However, a new study points out a way smoking can be eliminated for good. As per this study, which has been presented at the EuroPrevent 2019, trying to quit smoking in pairs has a 6x higher chance of success in comparison to doing it alone.
As per the researcher involved, quitting the bad habit can be lonely as one alone tries to avoid social occasions, and breaks at work. Then there are also nicotine withdrawal symptoms at play. On the other hand, when couples try to quit smoking together, they can keep each other company and encourage healthy eating habits.
What Did The Study Reveal?
For the purpose of the study, researchers employed 222 smokers who had been through a heart attack or had a high risk of cardiovascular disease. These were partnered up and couples were made to attend cardiology programs where they were given patches and gum as part of nicotine replacement therapy. In one program, the drug varenicline was picked by participants.
At the end of the 16-week program, it was found that 64% of patients and 75% of partners were able to quit the bad habit, in comparison to none and 55% at the beginning of the study. The chances of partners quitting together were found to be higher than those who tried to quit smoking alone. However, this study still needs more confirmation by evaluating the benefit of pairing up to quit smoking among healthy individuals.
Smoking doesn’t pose any health benefits and yet people are unable to quit. Blame that on lack of support and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. A new study says that one way, smokers may be able to quit smoking is by trying to do so by partnering up. This can be a specially beneficial strategy at the workplace. Quitting the habit in pairs has been found to have a 6x higher chance of success.