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Partnering up key to quit smoking: Study

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Is not letting you quit Relax. A new study suggests that kicking the habit works best in pairs.

The study, presented at EuroPrevent 2019, showed that couples who attempted to stop together had a six-fold chance of success compared to patients who attempted it alone.

"Quitting can be a lonely endeavour. People feel left out when they skip the smoke breaks at work or avoid social occasions. On top of that, there are Partners can distract each other from the cravings by going for a walk or to the cinema and encouraging replacement activities like eating or meditating when alone. Active support works best, rather than nagging," said Magda Lampridou, from the London in Britain.

For the study, the researchers evaluated the supporting role married or cohabiting partners might have in smoking cessation and enrolled 222 current smokers who were at high risk of or had suffered a

The couples attended preventive cardiology programmes and during the 16-week programme, they were offered with patches and gum. In one programme, participants could choose the prescription drug, varenicline instead.

At the end of the programme, the findings revealed that 64 per cent of patients and 75 per cent of partners had quit smoking compared to none and 55 per cent in the beginning.

(ESC) cardiovascular prevention guidelines advise against tobacco in any form and people who stop smoking generally halve their risk of

Lampridou noted that research is needed to confirm the findings in smokers who are otherwise healthy.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 13:04 IST
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