December is National Quit Smoking Month
December 09, 2019
Smoking remains the most preventable cause of death in the United States. Tobacco use is the cause of about 1 of 5 deaths in the nation, 1 of 3 cancer-related deaths, and 4 of 5 lung cancer deaths.
 
What does this mean? It means that if you quit smoking, it could save your life.
 
During National Quit Smoking Month in December, Schneck Medical Center and Healthy Jackson County-Decreasing Tobacco Use Workgroup provide the following tips to help you kick the habit:
 
  1. Make the Choice for Yourself - Only you can decide to quit. Outline the reasons why quitting is important to you and remind yourself of them when you feel like giving in.
 
  1. Pick a Date - Choosing a set date will hold you more accountable to yourself.
 
  1. Prepare for the Day - Do not be naive about quitting “cold turkey”. Prepare for the day by telling your friends and family, getting rid of all smoking related items in your home, planning substitutes (gum, things to munch on, etc.), decide on your method of quitting, practice visualizing yourself saying “no”, find a support system, and be honest with yourself about the physical and mental withdrawals ahead.
 
  1. Kick It for Good - Quitting for life is no easy feat. The biggest tip is willpower and determination. Keep at it every day, remind yourself why you quit, continue to get support, be realistic and do not give up if you slip and start smoking again. You can always quit.
The journey to quit smoking can be difficult, but you do not have to do it alone. Schneck Medical Center and the Jackson County Health Department offer a free smoking cessation program. Participants learn how to kick the nicotine habit and how to avoid the temptation to start again. Call 812-522-0401 or 812-522-6474 to learn more.
Counseling and support are also available at Nicotine-Anonymous.org and smokefree.gov via phone, text, online and in person. Or call 800-QUIT-NOW and 800-ACS-2345 for toll-free support.
 
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