You Can Kick the Butt on Monday If You Are a Smoker

By  , Agency News
Oct 30, 2013

A study has monitored that Monday is the most favourable day for smokers who are thinking to kick the butt. The result was based on data collected from the online searches about quitting smoking.

how to quit smokingThe findings may help boost the effectiveness of anti-smoking campaigns. Scientists analyzed the searches that were conducted in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish worldwide between 2008 and 2012.

All six languages showed the same pattern about people searching for quitting options early in the week- the number highest on Mondays. Monday alone accounted for the number of searches to be 25 per cent higher than the combined average number of searches on Tuesday through Sunday.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

These findings may lead to changes in the way health officials and providers design anti-smoking programs, said study lead author John Ayers, of San Diego State University.

"Popular belief has been that the decision to quit smoking is unpredictable or even chaotic," Ayers said in a university news release. "By taking a bird's-eye view of Google searches, however, we find anything but chaos. Instead, Google search data reveals interest in quitting is part of a larger collective pattern of behaviour dependent on the day of the week."

Study co-author Joanna Cohen, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control, suggested that "campaigns for people to quit may benefit from shifting to weekly cues. We know it takes smokers many quit attempts before they succeed, so prompting them to try again on Mondays may be an effective and easy-to-implement campaign."

Searches in English were 11 per cent higher on Monday than on Wednesday, 67 per cent higher than on Fridays and 145 per cent higher than on Saturdays.

Ayers said, the immediate message for smokers is straightforward: "If you're a smoker, just remember: Quit this Monday. Everyone else is doing it."

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