A new study has shown that young adults are more likely to quit smoking successfully than their older counterparts.
The study, 'Smoking Cessation Rates in the United States: A Comparison of Young Adult and Older Smokers' demonstrated that smokers aged 18-24 have seriously tried to give up fags than older adults aged 50-64.
For the study, researchers utilized data from the 2003 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey to assess the relationship between smoking cessation rates and tobacco-related behaviours between the two age groups.
Results showed that eighty four percent of 18-24 year olds reported seriously trying to quit in the past year, compared to 64 percent of 50-64 year olds.
Moreover, the proportion of recent dependent smokers who had quit for at least six months generally decreased as age increased.
Compared with older adults, young adults were more likely to come from smoke-free homes, were less likely to use pharmaceutical aids and smoked fewer cigarettes a day.
"It is likely that high cessation rates among 18- to 24-year-olds also reflect changing social norms over the previous decade," the authors said.
"Future tobacco control efforts aimed at increasing cessation among young adult smokers should continue to target social norms," the added.
The study appears in the American Journal of Public Health, the monthly journal of the American Public Health Association (APHA).