I resolve to quit smoking

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About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Since tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, quitting is a great step to take for your health.

Giving up cigarettes is notoriously hard. Here’s a few steps you can take to make it a bit easier:

Make the resolution. Congrats! You have already taken the first step towards quitting by clicking on this blog post. Now, think through why you’ve decided to quit. Worried about diseases and illnesses? Trying to save money? Want to protect your family from second-hand smoke? Write down your reasons and look back at them when you feel like lighting up.

Set a date. Whether it’s a New Year's resolution or just a random day, make sure it’s in the near future. Don’t pick something far off — there’s too great of a chance that you’ll forget or change your mind.

Create a plan. Cold turkey, nicotine gum, medications — there are many paths to becoming nicotine-free. Talk to a doctor about your options, and work together to come up with a solution that works for you.

Find support. Counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. There are also several quit hotlines and support groups out there that can help boost success rates.

It’s hard to go it alone. Make sure you share your resolution with friends and family so they can help you stick with it:

   

 

 

 

 

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