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Complete smoking bans in homes and cities increase smokers’ chances of quitting, according to research released December 18. Smokers are more likely to cut down and try to quit if there is a complete ban in their homes, report researchers from UC San Diego.

“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,” said researcher Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD. “The same held true when smokers report a total smoking ban in their city or town. Having both home and city bans on smoking appears to be even more effective.”

Researchers surveyed over 1,700 smokers in California. They compared information on quitting from homes with partial smoking bans to homes with complete smoking bans. Smokers whose homes had total smoking bans were more likely to reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoked. In addition, those living in homes with total bans had better chances of quitting.

Researchers also analyzed information on smokers who lived in cities with total smoking bans. These smokers also had better chances of quitting smoking than smokers living in cities without total smoking bans.

If you want to quit smoking, WebMD has 13 tips to help you quit. Additionally, smokefree.gov provides free information and professional assistance to people trying to quit smoking. The American Cancer Society also has a guide to help smokers quit.

Sources:

Smoking ban policies and their influence on smoking behaviors among current California smokers: A population-based study

Total Smoking Bans Work Best

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