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Aussie survey finds important factor to quit smoking

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Added On June 19, 2017

Australian survey has found that the role of friends and family is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to successfully quitting smoking.
 
The University of Newcastle surveyed 900 people in a recent study and asked them a series of questions related to their smoking habits.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):PAUL GROGAN, Head of public policy at Cancer Council Australia
"We know that smoking behaviors do tend to cluster, people in similar demographic groups who are exposed to smoking are more likely to smoke at a higher rate, children of smokers are more likely to smoke, so we need to combine the best public policy interventions with the best responsible behaviors and support for friends."
 
As the study shows, one of the best things you can do to assist someone quitting is not to smoke yourself. 
 
Despite the dangers of lighting up, smoking still remains a major public health issue.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):PAUL GROGAN, Head of public policy at Cancer Council Australia
"Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in Australia and indeed the world."
 
It is difficult to quit, but it is important to note that around the late 1940's, 75 percent of Australian men smoked and that is down to about 13 percent now.
 
The other main finding from the survey suggests that socioeconomic standings also contribute to the rate of smoking in the community.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):PAUL GROGAN, Head of public policy at Cancer Council Australia
"It is a real tragedy that these days people who are on lower incomes, people who are disadvantaged in other ways, bear a terrible disproportionate burden of the tobacco disease."
 
For those wanting to quit, doctors suggest the best method is by using a combination of both behavioural support from those around you and combining that with stop-smoking medicines like nicotine replacements.