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Monday is still the most popular day to quit smoking, as Quitline prepares for huge spike in quit attempts following smoking bans

Wednesday 20 June, 2007

Monday is still the most popular day for smokers to kick the habit according to new Quitline data, although Wednesday is fast catching up as the preferred day for smokers to butt out.

Although smokers were twice as likely to call the Victorian Quitline at the beginning of the working week there was also a surge in would-be weekend quitters - with calls to the Quitline increasing by more than 100% on Sunday.

The data shows calls to the Quitline increased 32% in 2006, compared with the previous year. The Quitline received, on average in 2006, just over 100 calls on Mondays and Wednesdays - whereas the average number of calls on the weekend was just over 40 per day.

Victorian Quitline Manager, Mr Ian Ferretter, said it was no surprise that Monday remained the most popular day to quit smoking.

"Mondays represent the start of a new week, a time where people can make a clear mental break from the smoking routines they may find it hard to get out of on the weekend."

"Quitting smoking is a big lifestyle change for many people, and Monday seems to be the most natural day to try adapting this significant change to your normal habits."

Mr Ferretter said despite Monday's continuing popularity as a quit day more and more people are thinking about quitting on the weekend, something he expects to continue when bars and clubs go smokefree on July 1.

"The introduction of smokefree bar and club environments opens an opportunity to help people quit, or even prevent them from taking up smoking in the first place."

"The Quitline is certainly anticipating a jump in calls from next weekend when smoking bans are introduced into bars and clubs, and we encourage smokers who are thinking about quitting on July 1 to start planning now."

"Planning is the key to a successful quit attempt and can help you understand why you smoke and set up some quitting strategies," said Mr Ferretter.

     Day     

     2005 Avg. Quitline Calls      

     2006 Avg. Quitline Calls      

     increase by     

Mon

88.2

102.8

17%

Tue

88.2

95.0

8%

Wed

81.3

100.1

23%

Thu

67.1

94.2

40%

Fri

52.2

78.6

51%

Sat

21.1

41.3

96%

Sun

20.3

42.6

110%

Total

59.8

79.2

32%

ends

Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811
email:
Edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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