New Delhi: New year is traditionally a time to make resolutions, turn over a new leaf and drop habits that don’t necessarily fetch you ‘A’ grades. While new resolutions are being added every year, thanks to the eclectic lifestyles that are now becoming increasing acceptable, old ones like wanting to quit smoking, drinking, stepping up savings and spending more time with family continue to be amongst the top riders.
Part I: Smokers swear to give up smoking
Each year, a record number of people resolve to quit smoking on 31December/ 1January. But the enthusiasm wanes before the first month of the new year is over. Majority of the smokers are back to their daily nicotine fix, initially in a reduced capacity and soon enough before they know it, its like good old times.
Part II: Smokers swear to give up smoking
Psychologists and health experts are happy that people at least realize the hazards of smoking which is why they make the resolution in the first place. A constructive approach according to them would be to see as to why the resolve gets broken and what are the deterrents that come in the way. According to a recent research it is not so much a question of will power but the fact that there persist innumerable myths and misperceptions about the effects of smoking and the treatments designed to help smokers quit. Unless these are resolved, no amount of regulation – enforced or voluntary will help smokers give up the habit.