What is Quit and Stay Quit Monday?
Quit and Stay Quit Monday is a new way to think about quitting smoking. The idea is to encourage people to use Monday as the day to quit, reinforce their quit, celebrate progress or get back on track after a relapse.
Research shows that people view Monday as the day for a fresh start. On Monday individuals set their health intentions for the week and are more likely to start or restart healthy behaviors, including quitting smoking.
As many as 70% of smokers who try to quit relapse and it takes an average of 7-10 times to quit for good. A weekly prompt can motivate more frequent quit attempts, one of the key objectives of the Institute of Medicine’s blueprint for ending our nation’s tobacco problem.
Benefits of Quitting
According to the Center for Disease Control, Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 37.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes in 2016. Of that, 28.7 million Americans smoke cigarettes daily. However, your body starts to recover just 20 minutes after quitting. After 24 hours, the chance of heart attack drops! Quitting smoking will decrease the chance of heart related complications and disease, such as a heart attack, heart disease, and various cancers. More good news: we have information and resources to help you quit and stay quit!