Health concerns and the welfare of a child or grandchild are key motivators for people to give up smoking, says an American Cancer Society survey released Thursday.
The survey of 454 former smokers and 281 current smokers who have tried to give up at least once also cited 'not smelling like smoke' as a key reason to kick the habit.
Among the survey's findings:
- 86 percent of former smokers and 70 percent of current smokers cited health concerns as the most important reason for quitting, while 55 percent in each group said the welfare of a child or grandchild was the second most important reason.
- More than a third of former smokers and 43 percent of current smokers said the cost of cigarettes was also a key reason to quit.
- Respondents cited other reasons to stop smoking, including reducing the risk of cancer, feeling a sense of accomplishment, being able to exercise more, and improving relationships with family and friends.
The survey was released on the 30th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, when people are encouraged to give up cigarettes for at least a day. – (HealthDayNews)
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