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Is retirement the time to quit?

10th March 2008

Research from the Peninsula Medical School in Devon has suggested that retirement offers smokers the ideal opportunity to give up the habit.


Their study - published to tie in with No Smoking Day on 12 March - looked at 1,712 smokers over a six year period in order to rate the degree of success they had in stopping smoking.

The researchers found that 42.5% of people who retired "recently" were successful, compared to only 29.3% of people still in work.

2008's No Smoking Day represents a twenty-five year anniversary for the campaign. Over 2million of the UK population are expected to try to give up cigarettes.

The Medical School also found that people who smoked were generally less happy than people who did not smoke.

In another study, over 9,000 people aged over 50 filled in questionnaires. Smokers were found to have lower levels of satisfaction than people who did not smoke. People from poorer social groups had markedly lower levels.

However, the study did not show whether people chose to smoke because they had low levels of satisfaction in the first place or whether giving up cigarettes would cause them to become even more dissatisfied.

Dr Iain Lang headed up both studies.

He said: "Retirement is one of the great transitions in life, which is why a greater proportion of people may find it easier to make significant changes elsewhere in their lives at this time."

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