How to Avoid New Year’s Resolution Relapse
Smoking Gurus Say ‘Commit to Quit – One Week at a Time’
“We know there’s a high relapse rate for first-time quitters and that it takes a number of attempts for most people to stop smoking altogether,” says
It’s simple math. “For most people who quit, it takes from 7 to 10 tries,” says
“Many smokers will be inspired this
“Quitting smoking is a marathon, not a 100-yard dash,” said Dr.
“We think of Monday as the January of the week,” says Healthy Monday President
“Expect occasional slips in your resolutions,” Norcross advises. “Most successful resolvers slip in January. But a slip need not be a fall; pick yourself up and recommit to your resolution.” In fact, one study Norcross cites showed that 71% of successful resolvers said their first slip had actually strengthened their efforts.
“Stay Quit Monday is perfect for someone like President-elect Obama,” Lerner mused. “Here’s a guy who wants to quit, who’s ready to quit, but who’s very busy, with a stressful job and who just needs that extra motivational push each week to stay on track.”
A report last year from the Institute of Medicine says that “motivating more quit attempts among people who now make none, and more frequent quit attempts among those who now try to quit” is one of five requirements for achieving higher cessation rates.(1)
Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in
Your Stay Quit Monday Toolbox
While quitting is hard, you can get help each week from HealthyMonday.org.
- Get weekly Monday messages at About.com’s quitsmoking.about.com
- Check in with the American Cancer Society’s Quitline at 1-800-ACS-2345 every week or visit cancer.org
- Visit smokefree.gov for expert advice and tools weekly to help you stay on track
For more resources on quitting smoking and staying quit, visit the Stay Quit Monday page on the Healthy Monday website at HealthyMonday.org/stayquit.
The Stay Quit Monday campaign is a Healthy Monday project of
(1) Institute of Medicine. 2007. Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation.
SOURCE Healthy Monday Campaign