Is there a best time of year to quit smoking?
With New Years’ Eve and those resolutions just around the corner, there will no doubt be plenty of people around the world looking to quit smoking for a healthier, happier 2016. If 2015 resolutions are anything to go by, roughly 20 per cent of Brits will be looking to quit come the 1st January.
So does that make it a good time to quit smoking?
Maybe yes, maybe no.
The thing is, it will differ for everyone. According to WebMD, the best time to quit smoking is one when you under less stress (or at least, not under as much stress, such as end-of-quarter deadlines or the Christmas crunch).
January 1 can be a good time as it mentally signifies a new start, plus, you will likely find a friend or relative in the same boat, so you can work on quitting together. Many people who are successful in smoking cessation do say that they quit in January because of these reasons.
The trick is also to avoid certain 'bad times'. Naturally, these are any times of year that are particularly high stress, but also any time you are feeling low, or during a time of change (such as a new job or house).
If there is one thing true for all smokers, it's that the sooner you quit, the sooner you can regain your health and start saving money. Whether that's tomorrow or January 1, and whether it's by a cold turkey method, nicotine patches, e-cigarettes and vaping, or something else, the sooner really is the better.
Out of all smokers, studies tend to find that approximately 70 per cent of them want to kick the habit. Will you be one of those that manage it in 2016?