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Half of New Year smoking quitters have already started again

Added on: 5th February, 2019 by News Editor

Half of New Year smoking quitters have already started again

Last Updated:
Tue, 5 March 2019

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Half the people who made a New Yearís resolution to quit smoking this year have already broken their promise and stopped trying, while gym-goers from January are still going strong.

The resolution-charting tool New Year, Same You? shows that smokers who want to kick the habit find it the hardest stick to their goals. It maps how long people persevered with some of the most common resolutions in 2018 and shows how long they will last before packing in their efforts for each.

Signing up to a gym in January may carry a reputation of being one of the most short-lived promises for self-improvement but, in fact, nearly eight out of ten (77%) of those who joined one for the New Year are still regularly going. It will actually take until the middle of September for half to throw in their workout towels.

People who have been trying to cut down on alcohol have faced the second biggest challenge. Despite their well-meaning intentions, almost a quarter (23%) didnít even make it halfway through January, and now 38% have picked up the bottle again.

Righteousness is no guarantee of perseverance either. Promising to donate more to charity throughout 2019 is the third most-quit resolution by February. Exactly one in three potential regular charity donors have now either given up on the thought or cancelled their payments.

In fact, the first two weeks of January see one in ten people give up on their New Yearís resolutions on average, despite the intention being to pursue them over the whole year.

The New Yearís resolutions that most people have quit by the first week of February are:

1. Quit smoking - 49%
2. Drink less or give up alcohol - 38%
3. Donate to charity - 33%
4. Eat more healthily - 30%
5. Improve sleep pattern - 27%

To see how people will stick to various New Yearís resolutions throughout the year, visit New Year, Same You? at:

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