"He Quit, Why Can't I?"
Construction is hard work, but at the end of the day you can look back and see what you've accomplished. It isn't always that way when trying to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
Some people seem to kick the tobacco addiction easily, while others struggle and still can't quit.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine looked into finding a genetic explanation for why some people find it easier to quit than others. They tracked 418 smokers though a seven week smoking cessation program. The researchers found that those smokers with specific variants of two specific genes reported higher quit rates and a longer time before relapse than the other smokers.
Everyone can quit, but this study verifies one reason why some people may have a harder time quitting than others.
Source: Health Psychology, 2003, Vol. 22, No. 5, 541-548
Note to all Locals: The Great American Smoke-out (GAS) is the third Thursday of November each year. The Great American Smoke-out is the day the American Cancer Society promotes to encourage smokers to give up tobacco. More Americans try to quit smoking on the day of the Great American Smoke-out than any other day. Help your members by promoting the Great America Smoke-out on your websites and in your November newsletter. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for information to distribute at union meetings and at job sites or check out their website: www.cancer.org/smokeout.
If You Are Having Trouble Quitting
Call the California Smokers Helpline