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Sunday 18 February 2018

Smokers blame stress for relapse after quitting

Smokers blame stress for failing to quit
Smokers blame stress for failing to quit

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

MOST smokers who relapse after quitting the habit blame stress, according to a new report.

And of the smokers who attended an open day at the Dublin Dental Hospital, quit periods ranged from one day to six years.

"The most common reason given for lapsing in the quit attempt was stress," said the report in the 'Journal of the Irish Dental Association'.

When quizzed on methods for quitting, half used "cold turkey", while 14pc used the Allen Carr method. The rest used nicotine replacement therapy or an anti-smoking drug.

"Research tells us smokers are twice as likely to succeed with a quit attempt if they use some of the methods available to them.

"The most common reasons given as motivators to make a quit attempt were health issues," said the report by Catherine Waldron of the dental hospital.

Of the smokers surveyed, as many as 68pc had their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, and there was a link between the number of cigarettes smoked and addiction level. The report pointed out that while some smokers can quit on their own, most benefit from assistance.

Research shows they will be helped from counselling before, during and after quit attempts.

Talking about the benefits of quitting smoking, Dr Susan O'Reilly, director of the National Cancer Control Programme, said that "after three to nine months, lung function improves; after one year the risk of heart disease is half of that of a continuing smoker's risk; and after 10 years, the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking".

Meanwhile, St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin, has become the latest hospital to ban smoking on its campus.

Irish Independent

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