Big Pharma has all kinds of products to help you quit smoking…
You can try chewing nicotine gum to reduce cravings. You can wear nicotine patches. Or you can try smoking cessation drugs like Chantix (varenicline) or Zyban (bupropion).
The problem is that none of these methods work very well.
A 2016 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only 19-27% of smokers can successfully quit using nicotine replacement or medications.
A new study shows there may be a better way to kick the habit. It increases the success rate nearly six-fold.
The research was presented at EuroPrevent 2019. It’s an annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. Scientists looked at the impact that significant others have on people trying to quit smoking.
The researchers found that couples who attempted to quit smoking together were 5.83 times more likely to be successful than people who tried to quit solo.
Professor Magda Lampridou was the study author. She said, “Quitting smoking can be a lonely endeavor.”
When people attempt to quit with a partner, they can “distract each other from the cravings.”
They can also encourage replacement activities, like “eating healthy food or meditating when alone.”
Team Up to Quit Smoking
The bottom line?
If you want to quit, find someone to quit with you. It doesn’t have to be a spouse. It can be a friend or anyone else that you see regularly. The important part is that you make a pact with a fellow smoker who wants to quit and that you support each other.
You’ll have a far better chance to end your cigarette addiction than if you go it alone or use one of Big Pharma’s ineffective products.
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