Uplifting results from a study on partners' healthy behaviors showed that over a two year period, cigarette smokers 50 years of age or older were more likely to quit smoking if their partner also quit than if their partner continued to smoke. About half of the 60 participants whose partner quit smoking also quit, compared with 8% out of the 400 participants whose partner continued to smoke.
This may not be so surprising—we are often inspired to make changes when those we love make healthy behavior changes, or we decide to tackle challenges together. Keep in mind: when one person in a couple continues to smoke, they may trigger urges for the person trying to quit.
Your positive behavior of quitting smoking may help your partner also achieve success in quitting smoking. Think of everything you can do together throughout the quit process, from picking a Quit Day, to meeting with a healthcare provider, to finding ways to distract yourself when you have the urge to smoke.
If you quit, your partner may do the same. Your partner may be more likely to successfully quit smoking if you also tackle the challenge!
So this Valentine’s Day, are you ready to quit smoking with your loved one? This may be the best Valentine’s Day gift - perhaps love really does conquer all.