Nov. 15, 2018— It's true: Quitting smoking is easier said than done. But it's
definitely doable—and one thing that helps? Tapping into the many
stop-smoking tools that are available today. And there's no better
time than the Great American Smokeout—Nov. 15 this year—to
recommit to quitting.
Two (or more) are better than one
You probably already know about nicotine replacement products (like patches
or gums) and other stop-smoking medicines that you can buy with a prescription.
They can help you quit. But combining two or more quit-smoking methods
works even better than just one, according to the
American Cancer Society (ACS).
For example, along with using a medication, you might try one (or several)
of these methods:
- Calling a tobacco quit line.
- Talking with a stop-smoking counselor or coach.
- Attending Nicotine Anonymous meetings or other smoking-cessation programs.
- Checking out self-help books and online resources.
- Asking your friends and family for their support.
Your doctor can recommend medicines or other stop-smoking resources. You
can also call the ACS at 1.800.227.2345 to find out more.
So worth it
No matter how long you've smoked, quitting now can improve your health.
For example, the added risks of heart disease, stroke and several types
of cancers will be reduced over time. And in just a matter of weeks to
months, you may find that you breathe better and cough less too.
You may even experience benefits—like these—almost right away:
- Your senses of taste and smell will improve—get ready to enjoy the
flavors and aromas of food much more.
- Your clothes, hair and breath will smell fresher—not like cigarettes.
- You'll save money—it seems like the price of tobacco just keeps going up!
- Your teeth and fingernails will stop yellowing.
- You won't have to go outside to smoke in the cold.
You've got this!
If you're ready to quit, make a plan to start. Remember: It often takes
more than one try to quit for good. If you have a setback, don't give up.