Over 393,000 Americans die each year from smoking, the number one cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Most smokers resolve to quit but fail to follow through with their goals. Stopping isn’t easy, but 50 million ex-smokers know that it’s possible. The American Lung Association and WellPoint Inc. are supporting smokers in their efforts to kick this bad habit for good through the Quitter in You smoking cessation campaign. These five quitting secrets can help you be victorious.
1. Learn from Past Experiences
If you’ve struggled to quit in the past, thinking about your prior ineffective attempts can discourage you from trying again. But an attitude adjustment can help. Never quit on yourself. Acknowledge that past attempts weren’t failures but normal and necessary steps on the road to future success. Consider what helped you during previous tries and what you’ll do differently this time so you’ll finally stop for good.
2. You Don’t Need to Quit Alone
Telling family, friends, and co-workers that you’re going to quit and enlisting their support will ease the process. Fellow smokers may join you for a group smoke-out. Visit the Quitter in You website to explore quitting tips and personalized tools, learn about others who’ve quit, watch inspirational videos, and find local help. Call the Freedom From Smoking® Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA to talk to an expert or get assistance via live chat or email. Check out the Freedom From Smoking® Online smoking cessation program to personalize your quit smoking plan through positive behavioral changes.
3. Medications Can Help
Nicoderm, Nicorette, and Habitrolsmoking cessation aids are great tools that decrease cravings and the stress of quitting. Patches, gum, and lozenges release controlled and reduced amounts of nicotine to minimize your withdrawal symptoms as you train your body to stop smoking. Unfortunately, most people don’t use them correctly, so be sure to follow the directions for maximum effect.
4. Benefit from Stopping at Any Age
According to the U.S. surgeon general, quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to improve the length and quality of your life. Stopping as early as possible is best, but you’ll reap benefits at any age. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage that smoking caused. With cigarette prices rising, quitting a pack-a-day habit can save you $1825 to $3650 per year. You’ll also avoid the hassle of going outside in weather extremes to smoke.
5. Every Smoker Can Quit
Finding the right combination of quitting techniques for you will empower you to triumph over smoking. With so many resources available today, you have access to more personalized tools, medications, and incentives to quit for good. Set yourself up for success by making the commitment to quit smoking today. Aren’t you ready to enjoy a better, healthier, longer smoke-free life?