According to a major study at England’s Imperial College of London, it is much easier to quit smoking while in a couple, regardless of the method chosen. The chances of success are 6 times higher, in fact, and this is still true even when only one of the two partners is a smoker.
The team that carried out the study called this phenomenon “active support,” which is explained by the fact that a person in a couple can support his or her partner when they begin craving cigarettes. In addition, smokers trying to quit often avoid situations that might be tempting, and thus they often feel alone. Not surprisingly, the presence of a significant other in such situations helps fight this feeling.
During the study, 222 smokers trying to quit cigarettes were followed over a period of 16 weeks. They used patches, nicotine gums, and sometimes a prescription of Varenicline. At the end of the trial period, the chances of quitting were 5.83 times higher amongst people who were in a couple.
What are the numbers when e-cigarettes are used to quit?
It is reasonable to think that the results would be the same for people using e-cigarettes as a smoking-cessation method. In fact, people often try to demonize e-cigarettes, and a person in a couple would be able to reassure his or her partner by explaining to others that coughing, headaches, and fatigue are not caused by vaping but rather by tobacco withdrawal.
Single people should be well prepared before trying to quit smoking, regardless of the method chosen. They can also seek the help of a professional in order to increase their chances of success.