As the new year begins many look to quit smoking

Saturday, January 7, 2012

With the start of every new year, resolutions are made to better and improve one's quality of life. One common resolution, and one of the hardest for many to stick with, is to kick the addiction to tobacco, which for most, is smoking.

According to the American Lung Association, six out of 10 smokers require multiple attempts before successfully kicking the habit. This being said, many smokers might quickly give up on their resolution, thinking the chances are heavily against them.

But don't give up just yet.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most important thing to do to quit smoking is to try. Not every approach to quit smoking works for everyone, but like most problems, there are many solutions.

Here are a few tips from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you get started with your New Year's Resolution.

* Start by removing all ashtrays and cigarettes from your car and home.

* Then get support and encouragement from others. Have your friends, family and co-workers help you fight your addiction by encouraging you and keeping tobacco products away from you.

* You should also try to distract yourself when you feel the urge to smoke. Doing work, talking to somebody or just taking a walk are all ways that can help take your mind off of the cravings.

* Finally, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. They can get you in contact with support groups and possibly give you medication to help you quit.

Free help is also available by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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  • Excellent topic and real solutions offered. I'd really like to suggest also taking a look at for additional advice and help in quitting via text messages.

    -- Posted by jwilliams on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 12:10 PM
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