For those who want to quit smoking, a new study shows if they have financial problems it is harder for them to quit. Dr. Mohammad Siahpush is a professor at UNMC’s College of Public Health and he says in the first international study, they compared quit rates of smokers in the U-S Canada, UK and Australia. He says finances and smoking do go hand-in-hand. He says those who some and were financially stressed are more likely to want to quit smoking than others to relieve the financial burden.
The study also shows that despite their interest in quitting, they are less likely to actually try or succeed. Dr. Siahphus says many people smoke to relieve stress or sadness. While financial problems are stressful situations, smoking is a coping mechanism. He says this is a vicious cycle as smokers want to quit but are stressed because of financial problems and that makes it harder to quit.
Another study shows once a smoker’s bottom line improves, so does his or her ability to quit smoking.