Trying to quit smoking? A smoking spouse may not help

March 10, 2015 7:18 PM

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"If your partner smokes, and you need to quit, it's harder to succeed than it would be if you were living alone,” said Rachel Margolis, a sociology researcher at the University of Western Ontario.

Margolis and her coauthor Laura Wright mined data from 5,250 smokers ages 50 to 85 who participated in the U.S. Health and Retirement Study between 1992 and 2010. Participants were interviewed an average of about six times, over the course of about 12 years.

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