Resolution Solution for Tobacco Freedom - Make 2013 Your Year to Quit Smoking
January 08, 2013
As the New Year begins, we often think about ways to change our lives for the better. Quitting smoking is a great resolution - but it's easier said than done. Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking.
"The start of the New Year is a terrific time for smokers to implement their plan to quit," said Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. "The benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle include improved overall health, economic benefits, and protecting loved ones from harmful secondhand smoke."
"Some other numbers you might find interesting," said Kate McNally, Program Coordinator for the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities; "85 percent of tobacco users wish they never started, and 70 percent of tobacco users want to quit… and we can help."
Set yourself up for success:
Planning ahead can greatly improve your likelihood of quitting for good. Try these proven tips and resources that have helped thousands of people quit smoking permanently:
- Seek support: You don't have to quit alone. Ask family, friends, and co-workers for their help and support. Having someone to take a walk with, or just listen, can give a needed boost. Consider one-on-one counseling and tobacco and addiction education, available through the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities by calling (603) 354-6513.
- Take time to plan: Designate a day to quit on the calendar and stick to it. Avoid peak times of stress, such as the holidays, and gather in advance the tools and medications you will need.
- Exercise daily: Exercise is proven to help smokers quit. Not only that, it will also combat weight gain and improve mood and energy levels. Walking is a great way to reduce the stress of quitting.
- Prioritize nutrition and sleep: Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water, and be sure to get plenty of sleep.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist: They can discuss with you the various over-the-counter or prescription medications available to help you quit.
- Find support in your community or online. Consider attending a free "Freedom from Tobacco" info session offered several times a year in Walpole, Winchester and Keene with the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities or a stop-smoking program like Freedom From Smoking® Online (www.ffsonline.org) from the American Lung Association.
- Visit http://www.cheshiretobaccotreatment.com/ or www.lung.org/stop-smoking online or call 1-800-QuitNow (1-800-784-8669) for additional suggestions.
It’s never too late to stop smoking! To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what challenges you may face, what your options are, and where to go for help.
The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities offers free support for anyone who wants to stop using tobacco through consultations, monthly support groups and informational sessions throughout the region. For more information about resources for finding freedom from tobacco, visit us online at http://www.cheshiretobaccotreatment.com/ or call (603) 354-6513.