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Monday, December 23, 2013

Total Smoking Bans Prevent Relapse

Quitting smoking is difficult, even with the aid of smoking cessation products like gum, patches, and medications. While there are steps one can take to reduce the risk of relapse, it takes most users of tobacco products years to finally quit for good. A new study has found that banning smoking in all areas of the home can help smokers quit.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, conducted the study which included 1,718 smokers in California. They found smokers who live in cities with total public smoking bans are more likely to attempt quitting, and to succeed, UPI reports.

“When there’s a total smoking ban in the home, we found that smokers are more likely to reduce tobacco consumption and attempt to quit than when they’re allowed to smoke in some parts of the house,” lead researcher Dr. Wael K. Al-Delaimy said in a news release.

“California was the first state in the world to ban smoking in public places in 1994 and we are still finding the positive impact of that ban by changing the social norm and having more homes and cities banning smoking,” Al-Delaimy said. “These results provide quantitative evidence that smoking bans that are mainly for the protection of non-smokers from risks of secondhand smoke actually encourage quitting behaviors among smokers in California. They highlight the potential value of increasing city-level smoking bans and creating a win-win outcome.”

The findings appear in the journal Preventive Medicine.
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