Friday, November 11, 2011
Tobacco is considered one of the hardest substances to quit, despite the advent of patches, gums, and prescription drugs to help with cravings. Most smokers would like to quit but the habit is often so ingrained that quitting hardly seems to be a reality. A new government study finds almost 70 percent of American smokers want to quit, more than half attempted to quit last year, but only 6 percent actually accomplished the goal.
Most people who tried to quit smoking didn’t use any form of therapy or prescription drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a report by the CDC, medications and counseling can double or triple success rates. Most people who desired to quit smoking did not even talk to a doctor about useful techniques.
Almost 76 percent of African-American smokers wanted to quit in 2010, according to The Wall Street Journal. While 59 percent tried, only 3 percent were successful, the lowest rate among different groups of people measured by the CDC.
Smokers who had a college degree had an 11 percent success rate, compared with just 3 percent with smokers with fewer than 12 years of education.
Despite the fact that smoking has been banned in public places in most states, which reduces exposure as well as temptation, people are still exposed to tobacco all the time which makes quitting a lot harder. Tobacco addiction is similar to alcohol in the fact that it is legal and can be purchased almost on every street corner. Quitting requires extra vigilance if success is ever going to be achieved.
If you or someone you know is looking to kick the habit it is highly advised that they seek counseling from a doctor or therapist, it could greatly increase one's chances.