It might seem like a strange statistic, but a new study discovered smokers are more likely to kick their habit on a Monday (or at least consider it).
The statistic comes by way of a study on Google searches, which shows that more people search for “quit smoking help” and similar terms on Mondays.
Searches for smoking help then decline through the week and reach their lowest point on Saturdays, reports USA Today. The information was released on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association.
The number of people searching for quitting help is 25 percent higher on Monday than any other day, a fact that researchers weren’t surprised to see. Morgan Johnson, research director for The Monday Campaigns, explained, “People see Mondays as a fresh start, a chance to get their acts together.”
NBC News notes that the researchers looked at Google logs from 2008 to 2012 in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The news could help health officials in how they help the estimated one billion smokers worldwide, including the 44 million adults who smoke in the United States.
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, 70 percent of US smokers want to quit and about half of them attempt to do it each years. The findings could help target more people on Monday — the day they are more likely to quit — with television and internet ads for help programs.
The findings are also important, because researchers in the past believed the impulse to stop smoking was random. There was some research that showed more people vow to quit smoking on New Year’s Day (but we all know how well New Year’s resolutions work). Johnson believes that public health campaigns and stop-smoking efforts should direct their resources earlier in the week to be more effective.
Do you smoke? Would it be easier to consider quitting on a Monday, rather than any other day of the week?
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