Set a Date and Quit Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet an estimated 46.6 million Americans still smoke. By quitting smoking, you can take one of the most important steps toward reducing their cancer risk and living a healthier life.
If you or someone you know would like to quit smoking, join the 36th annual Great American Smokeout on November 17th, brought to you by the American Cancer Society.
How can you plan to quit smoking?
Research shows that if you pick a quit day in the next 30 days and stick to it, you'll be more likely to quit. So here are some ways to prepare for your quit day:
- Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
- Take the Smoking Habits Quiz (courtesy of the American Cancer Society) for a profile of your nicotine dependence and some ideas about how to tame your cravings as you become a non-smoker.
- Decide on a plan. Will you use nicotine replacement therapy or other medicines? Which one is best for you? Do you need to consult your physician?
- Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and workplace.
- Stock up on oral substitutes - sugarless gum, carrot sticks, and/or hard candy.
- Tell friends and family about your quit day.
- Think back to your past attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what did not work for you.
Click here to learn more about the dangers of smoking and to obtain additional smoking cessation resources.
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