Monday is the most popular day to give smoking the boot, according to new Quitline data.
The data reveals that smokers are over four times more likely to call the Quitline on a Monday or Tuesday, compared to a Saturday.
The Quitline received, on average in 2005, almost 90 calls on Mondays and Tuesdays - whereas the number of Quitline calls on Saturday averaged at around 20.
Quit's Executive Director, Mr Todd Harper, says Monday has always been a popular choice for smokers to begin a new smokefree lifestyle.
""Like New Year's Day represents a fresh start to the New Year, Monday signifies a bright start to a new week, a time when you can mentally make a clean break from an old habit.""
""Planning is the key to a successful quit attempt, and many smokers establish a quit date that they can work towards and prepare for. It just so happens that more often than not this date is tied in with the start of a new week.""
""Quitting smoking is perhaps the most important thing a person can do for their health, and I think for many people Monday is the most natural day to try adapting this significant lifestyle change to their normal routine.""
The 2005 data shows that up until this point, the Quitline had received more than 20 000 calls from people interested in quitting smoking just this year and w ith the new year approaching, the Quitline anticipates receiving more than 5000 calls from people who want to quit smoking in the holiday season.
Mr Harper urged anyone thinking about quitting smoking during the festive season to call the Quitline on 13 QUIT or 13 7848 and speak to a trained advisor for the best tips on how to begin the New Year smokefree.
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