It makes sense: Smokers who think more about the future are more likely to quit, a study suggests.
Research has long shown that smokers are less likely than nonsmokers to make long-term plans. Now a study from the journal Addiction published Wednesday looks at the issue from another perspective.
Heather Brown and Jean Adams of Newcastle University in Britain looked at eight years of data from a database called the Household Income and Labor Dynamics of Australia. More than 7,000 households in Australia are surveyed annually about work, family and well-being. The researchers identified 1,817 participants who smoked at the start of the survey in 2001 and analyzed their consideration of the future based on saving and spending.
Those who planned by more than three months ahead were categorized as having a longer horizon; those who planned for a week or less had a shorter one.