7 in 10 smokers would like to quit in the next couple of years

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70.6% of people who smoke at least once a week would like to quit in the next one to two years, according to a survey of international and Australian smokers. Australian researchers surveyed 8642 people who smoked at least weekly about what they would prefer to do with their smoking habit. They say 21.5% wanted to keep smoking and 8% were unsure with the rest preferring to quit. 13.7% of the whole cohort said they’d like to quit cigarette smoking by transitioning to an alternative nicotine product such as vaping, while 56.9% said they’d like to quit nicotine altogether. The researchers say those who wanted to quit were more likely to be older, worried about smoking harms and regretful of ever smoking in the first place. Those who wanted to quit and transition to alternative nicotine products were more likely to be younger, current vapers and believe vaping is much less harmful than smoking.

Journal/conference: Drug and Alcohol Review

Link to research (DOI): 10.1111/dar.13791

Organisation/s: The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of Queensland

Funder: This study was supported by grants from
the US National Cancer Institute (P01
CA200512), the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (FDN-148477), and by
the National Health and Medical Research
Council of Australia (GNT 1106451 and
GNT 1198301).


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