Does Anything Indicate I Will Have a Lower Chance of succeeding?

Yes, but it just means you have to plan better to handle the challenge. Here are some factors that have been shown to lessen the chances of quitting smoking. People who:

  • smoke more than 20 cigarettes/day
  • have their first cigarette of the day within 30 minutes after waking
  • suffer from alcoholism
  • suffer from schizophrenia
  • have active symptoms of depression
  • have a stressful life and/or are experiencing such life events as a divorce, new job, death of a loved one, etc.
  • have other smokers in the household

Other factors that lessen the chances for success include: smoking even while sick, waking up at night to smoke, and smoking to ease symptoms of withdrawal.

If you think about it, planning to confront the conditions that might interfere with quitting is key. It may take a bit more planning but it is worth every bit of energy devoted to the effort.


This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.  

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