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Smokers Who Quit in January Are More Successful

Update Date: Dec 20, 2013 01:51 PM EST
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Quit smoking this January to quit forever.  New research reveals that January is one of the best times to give up your habit.

The study, which involved more than 7,000 young people, revealed that people who quit smoking in January are less likely to pick up their habit again. Researchers explained that people are more likely to be successful at quitting because New Year's resolutions can give an added boost to quitters' motivation, which is a very important factor in determining whether a person will be successful.

"Studies over the last decade show that one of the single biggest factors in predicting whether someone will stop smoking is how motivated they are. A January deadline can give a bit of extra motivation," researcher Professor Linda Bauld of University of Stirling said in a news release.

Researchers said that friends can also help people quit smoking.

"Social support is important. For example, one of the biggest determinants of whether a woman manages to stop during pregnancy is if her partner also stops," says Professor Bauld.

Researchers also note that people shouldn't give up. They said that many people have successfully quit after several attempts.

"The more often you try to stop, the more likely you are to be successful eventually," said Bauld.

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