Smoke-Free Workplace, Non-Smoking
Spouse Help Smokers Quit
workplace plays a key role in long-term success for young adults who
quit smoking, according to Indiana University (IU) research.
found that environmental factors are more influential than individual
behaviors and beliefs when it comes to quitting smoking. Therefore, a
smoke-free workplace and even a non-smoking spouse helps young adults
from age 18-25 to break the habit. The 27-year longitudinal study took
place at the IU Bloomington’s Department of Psychological and
Macy, project director of the IU Smoking Survey, said that tobacco
dependence is like a chronic disease.
smokers cycle through multiple periods of relapse and remission," said
cessation attempts often are thought as solitary endeavors, Macy said,
but their findings point to possible benefits of cessation programs
that involve couples because marriage to a non-smoker was such a strong
predictor of long-term smoking abstinence.
workplaces, which are on the rise, were seen as a benefit in the study
factors we examined, the external environment has the largest
independent effect, specifically being married to a non-smoker, and
second, working in a completely smoke-free environment," said Macy.
factors that were considered were smoking-related beliefs,
smoke-related behaviors and smoke in the social environment.
findings wetr published in the American Journal of Public
Indiana University Smoking Survey, Psychology Department, 1101 East
Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-2277, www.indiana.edu/~smokesvy.