At least two in three smokers in Ireland are hoping to quit the habit this New Year, a new survey has found.
According to the survey of over 500 adults, the vast majority of smokers want to kick the habit for health reasons.
However, the findings also indicate that quitting cigarettes can be extremely difficult, with two in three smokers who have previously tried to quit acknowledging that their attempts were among some of the most stressful periods of their lives.
Some one in five smokers indicate that they have attempted to quit the habit up to four times, while one in four have tried to quit at least twice.
According to psychologist, Linda Cooney, a small percentage of people do manage to quit smoking the first time they try, but it is essential that people do not give up if they are unsuccessful the first time round.
"Support from family and friends can be of enormous benefit at the start. However, it's important that people find an approach that works for them individually. This can mean looking at multiple ways at how best to change entrenched behaviour patterns.
"For some people, giving up completely in one go can work best but, for others, a more gradual approach to quitting is the solution, especially when faced with social situations and periods of high stress," she explained.
The survey was carried out by Nicorette.