Giving it up for your better half

September 26, 2013, 5:54 PM GMT+0

Men are more likely than women to have received "help" from their spouse to break a bad habit

President Barack Obama recently made headlines for saying he quit smoking at the insistence of his wife and First Lady, Michelle Obama. He was caught on a live microphone responding to a question about his cigarette use and he responded that he hadn't smoked in six years, "because I'm scared of my wife".

The latest YouGov research explores whether this is common practice in homes across the country, specifically whether or not you partner has ever "helped" you stop a bad habit, or start a good one. It turns out that men are much more likely than women to have stopped a bad habit due to the influence of their spouse.

On the other hand, when asked if your spouse has ever helped start a good habit, the answers were similar, with 10% more men starting a good habit due to the influence of their spouse.

Notably on the issue of smoking at least, there also appear to be more men in the country who need to break the habit – a 2011 survey from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that there are only about three-quarters as many women smoking cigarettes as there are men.

Full results can be found here.

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