It takes an average of six attempts to quit smoking.

Every year New Year’s Eve helps many people to quit smoking. Recent research shows that support and understanding of the smoker’s environment plays an important role in this process. But this doesn’t happen enough. It is better to continue to encourage and trust the quitter than to give an answer like ‘seeing is believing’. Even if it doesn’t work right away. On average, it takes six attempts to quit smoking. This number is often underestimated by the environment.

80 percent of smokers want to quit smoking, but every smoker knows how difficult this process is. The support of those around you, such as your partners, children, friends and colleagues, can be invaluable. Current research shows that the environment generally responds positively to an attempt to quit smoking, but 87 percent also thinks: ‘First see, then believe.’ According to quit-smoking trainer Patricia van Rossum, this unconscious attitude can have a negative impact on a quitter’s motivation. “The support quitters need are small gestures, such as asking how they are doing and telling them that they feel confident. “There’s no point in being strict or angry.”

Requires an average of six quit attempts

7 in 10 smokers tell their loved ones they will quit, but only a quarter ask them for help. The remaining climbers (25 percent) keep their good intentions to themselves because they are not sure whether they will be successful or not, whether they want to protect themselves from failure or escape the pressure to succeed. If giving up doesn’t work, only half of those who quit inform the people around them about trying again, and the support of the people around them is very important. The main reason we don’t say this is a lack of trust. Non-smokers underestimate their attempts to quit, assuming it takes three or four attempts, while the average is six.

Every attempt brings you one step closer

When someone who has quit smoking starts smoking again, it often causes disappointment, frustration and sadness among those around him. Lung fund director Károly Illy, co-director of the Smoke-Free Health Funds, a collaboration between the Heart Foundation, KWF and the Lung Fund, emphasizes the importance of continuing to support the promising person until he succeeds: “Encourage: “This initiative brings the quitter a step closer.”

Call the zone stopper

The ‘Best for Non-Smokers’ campaign launches today with the message: ‘Quitting smoking is difficult, but easier if you understand it.’ Ten ex-smokers urgently seek help from people around them for more understanding and support in their quitting process. .

Tips for surround stoppers

1. Be confident and tell the defender he can do it.
2. “I love that you’re letting go.” Say motivating things like:
3. Keep giving compliments and pats on the back when you try to quit
4. Ask regularly how you are doing
5. Create distractions
6. Seek professional help from your doctor (this treatment is reimbursed) and use online resources

Research into quitting smoking experiences (November 2023) conducted by Verian (formerly Kantar Public) on behalf of the Smoke-Free Health Fund among 2,122 Dutch people aged 18 and older with experience with quitting smoking (smokers who are trying to quit smoking) Who want to stop smoking, for example smokers and non-smokers) Smokers who are told by those around them that they want to stop smoking).

  • Author: Franca van Dalen
  • Source: Healthnet