According to health experts, quitting smoking is better done on Mondays instead of the usual New Year. According to them, quitting on a Monday can provide smokers with built-in support system.
Many New Year’s resolutions and once a year vows like quitting smoking is rarely effective. Perhaps on the first month, a smoker would be able to keep away from smoking, but relapse afterwards, said Monday Campaigns, a non-profit health organization.
It is a non-profit public health initiative that is dedicated on promoting on the first day of each week for health. This group, together with researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Santa Fe Institute and San Diego State University published results of their research in the Journal of the American Medical Association last October 2013.
Earlier in 2013, the American researchers looked at and monitored queries from Google searches regarding smoke cessation within the past 5 years in various languages including Spanish, English, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese and French.
They found search volumes to have peaked on Mondays, almost every week in all these languages.
The lead author of the study is John Ayers from San Diego State University, who stated that the interest in quitting smoking is doubled every New Year. However, New Year is just one day of the year. He added that there is a spike happening once each week.
Monday Campaigns was inspired by this research that it recently launched the initiative Quit And Stay Quit Monday as an assistance to smokers in planning resolutions that are effective and would work.
Monday Campaigns director of programs and research and also a co-author of the study Morgan Johnson stated that this surge on quitting consideration during Mondays can be utilized as means for smokers’ social support that can play an important factor for their long term success.
Johnson added that people from around the world start their weeks with the intention of staying away from their habits. He also said that if these people at work, at school or in communities would be connected, a cultural norm of Monday Quit can be created.
Some smokers wait for special occasions like New Year, Christmas, birthdays or anniversaries to start their cessation goal. While there is seemingly nothing wrong with this, the group said that they relapse after a month of starting the goal.
According to studies, it takes about 8-11 attempts in order to stop smoking successfully so Monday is a sustainable solution since a smoker is offered 52 days in a year to try again and again. If you fail one Monday, you can try again on the next Monday.
Failures are parts of success in smoke cessation. When you fail to quit once or several times, this does not mean it is impossible for you to finally bid smoking adieu. You just have to keep on trying to give the habit up and get the help you need. With the Quit And Stay Quit Monday initiative, smokers will even have a global support network to depend on.
Quit and Stay Quit Monday
It offers a new perspective on smoke cessation. This initiative aims to encourage people to use the first day of each week to give smoking up and to reinforce this goal, to celebrate progress made and to get back on the right track in case of relapse.
This initiative plays an important role on weekly compliance as it can motivate smokers to attempt more frequently.
National Cancer Institute has incorporated this very idea into its Smokefree Women program. Women are encouraged to quit and remain at their goals. They are offered weekly supports and motivational messages on their inbox, website, Facebook or Twitter. There are also Smokefree Monday badges and tips that can be obtained from www.women.smokefree.gov.