Monday Not Your Day? It Is If You Plan to Quit Smoking

Monday, Monday.  Don't trust that day.  For those of you too young to remember, that was the Mamas and the Papas, lamenting Monday, the day that every week seems to have more of than Fridays.

But Monday may be a good day for something.  Quitting smoking.

According to Kim Painter at USA Today, "Monday is a particularly popular day to think about it – or at least Google it."

Google searches for terms such as "quit smoking help" make up a higher proportion of all searches on Mondays than on any other day, Painter reports.  Could be like the diet thing.  OK, I ate like a pig all weekend but on Monday, I'll start watching my portions again.

Call it the Monday Momentum (just made that up).

Searches for help with quitting smoking decline through the week and reach a low point on Saturdays – when they are 145% lower than on Mondays, Painter quotes the American Medical Association.

"People see Mondays as a fresh start, a chance to get their acts together," Morgan Johnson tells Painter. She's the research director for The Monday Campaigns, a not-for-profit organization that leads public health efforts such as Meatless Mondays.

And the great thing is -- cue diets again -- ""If you relapse, you can try again next Monday." Often, Johnson tells Painter, quitting attempts are planned around a big day – such as a birthday, New Year's Day or the upcoming annual Great American Smokeout – but "we want to tell people they don't have to wait a year to try again."


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