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Do you want to quit smoking? Find a couple

April 12, 2019 at 23:21 IST

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London [United Kingdom]April 12 (ANI): Although it is the right decision for a healthier life, quitting smoking can be a solitary effort.
According to a recent study, partners may be mutually distracted from their desires by walking to the movies and encouraging substitution activities such as eating healthy foods or meditating alone. Active support works better, rather than disturbing.
During the process of quitting smoking, people feel abandoned when they smoke at work or avoid social occasions. In addition, there are symptoms of nicotine abstinence. The researchers found that having a partner at his side during this phase helps.
Half of the coronary patients smoke and 90% of people at high risk of cardiovascular disease are smokers.
CES cardiovascular prevention guidelines advocate tobacco in any way and people who stop smoking reduce by half the risk of cardiovascular disease
"Quit smoking interventions should incorporate couples whenever possible to get a smoke-free home," said Magda Lampridou, the lead author of the study.
This study evaluated the support role that married or cohabiting partners may have when quitting smoking.
The study recorded 222 current smokers who had a high risk of cardiovascular disease or who had suffered a heart attack. Partners were also recruited: 99 were current smokers (45 percent), 40 smokers and 83 smokers.
Couples attended one of four preventive cardiology programs. At the beginning, they asked about the current state of smoking, the history of smoking and the previous attempts to leave.
The smoking status has been validated with a carbon monoxide respiration test. During the 16-week program, nicotine replacement therapy with spots and chewing gums was offered to couples. In a program, participants were able to choose varenicline from prescription medications.
At the end of the program, 64% of patients and 75% of the partners were abstinent, compared to 55% at the beginning, respectively.
The chances of quitting smoking at 16 weeks were significantly higher (5.83 times) in couples who tried to leave together compared to patients who tried it alone.
According to the researchers, as long as the non-smoker partners are concerned, there is a strong risk that they may adopt the habit of their spouse. (ANI)

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