Ideas to Help You Quit
Want to Quit?
You promised yourself that you would finally quit smoking.
It isn't easy giving up something that is so much a part of
what you do every day.
But you are not alone. Over 1 million people each year decide
to quit and are successful.
Tried Quitting Before?
Maybe once, maybe more...
You started out feeling the time was right, but for whatever
reason, you're smoking again. Now, you're asking whether it's
worth it to try quitting again. You bet it is!
Quitting is hard, but don't give up!
Some smokers try a number of times before they quit for good.
Studies show that each time you try to quit, the more likely
you will be to eventually succeed. With each try, you are
better able to know what helps and what hurts. Any attempt to
quit is a step in a healthier direction.
There's no better time to quit.
And for two very good reasons:
Even if someone you know smoked during pregnancy and had a
problem-free delivery, smoking puts your baby's health at
risk. Quitting at any time during pregnancy is still the best
chance for you and your baby to get a fresh start.
It is also important to remember that infants and children
exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop health
problems such as chronic ear infections and asthma. Helping to
eliminate these health risks is another good reason to quit.
How Do I Start?
Make a Plan
You may want to:
Consult a health care professional to choose a quit smoking
plan that is best for you.
Set a quit date and stick to it.
Get the support and understanding of your family, friends,
Get rid of all tobacco products and ashtrays.
Get Support and Encouragement
U.S. Public Health Service (PHS)-funded research shows the
more support you have, the greater your chance for success.
Join a quit smoking program or start your own quit smoking
group. Check with your health care professional, local
hospitals, the American Cancer Society, American Lung
Association, or American Heart Association for schedules for
Learn How to Handle the Urge to Smoke
Be aware of the things that may cause you to smoke, such as:
There are no magic solutions for quitting smoking. But, if you
are ready to quit, effective treatments are available that can
help reduce the urge to smoke.
Studies show that almost everyone can benefit from these
nicotine and non-nicotine replacement therapies.