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Quit smoking today!

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Nov 20, 2014 12:10:00 AM

Why do you smoke? Do you have a valid reaQuit Smokingson? The Great American Smokeout is today Nov. 20 and is here to help you quit for good.

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a national event that encourages smokers to use today’s date to make a plan to quit or quit today.

Today, 58.6 million U.S. adults smoke tobacco. That’s a lot! Tobacco remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. Experts say quitting when you're young can reduce health risks, but quitting at any age can add years to your life, that would otherwise be lost by continuing to smoke.

 Quit for YOU

Friends or family may want you to quit, but the real commitment must come from YOU. Research shows that smokers are more successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:

  • Encouragement and support from friends and family

  • Smoking-cessation telephone hotlines

  • Stop-smoking groups

  • Online quit groups

  • Nicotine replacement products and prescriptions

I want to quit, but need help

The most successful way to quit is having a combination of three things: change in personal habits, emotional support, and the use of a nicotine replacement product or prescription. Visit the American Cancer Society that is full of guides, fact sheets, and more to help point you in the right direction to quit. You can also call their smoking-cessation hotline at 1-800-227-2345.

Your doctor and local hospital can help you find smoking-cessation programs in your area and possibly prescribe a nicotine replacement product or prescription. Another valuable resource is the WPS Health Center for many tips and tricks to help you kick the habit for good.

Today is the day to quit.

Topics: Wellness, Individuals & Families