Most Irish smokers try to quit but 85% fail more than once

Most Irish smokers try to quit but 85% fail more than once

The majority of Irish smokers try to quit - but 85% fail multiple times.

With over one million smokers in Ireland, new research reveals the majority are 'full time' as opposed to occasional or "social smokers".

Boots carried out a study as part of their Stop For Good Rewards Programme which also shows 58% admit to smoking 11 or more cigarettes a day.

The main reason given for returning to the habit was stressful situations followed by the consumption of alcohol.

Half of young people quoted stress as their reason for relapsing compared to 27% of older smokers.

Three times more 18-34-year-olds than those over 55 said that drinking alcohol was the reason they went back to smoking.

The top five reasons smokers gave for trying to quit smoking were: health reasons, financial, medical advice, pregnancy and for a loved one or friend.

Smokers can save around €2,000 per year if they quit smoking.

Among the health benefits that come from giving up the cigarettes are:

  • 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decreases
  • After 1 year the risk of dying suddenly from a heart attack is almost halved
  • 10 years, the risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases
  • 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s

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