American Lung Association Offers Seven Tips to Quit Smoking in 2011

Note to Editors: Experts in quitting smoking are available for comment.

Washington (December 21, 2010)

Many people will make New Year's resolutions to quit smoking this year. January is the perfect time for a fresh start, and with today’s economic challenges, quitting smoking is not only good for one’s health, it’s good for their wallet. Having a solid smoking cessation plan can greatly improve a person's chance for successfully quitting. The American Lung Association offers tips and resources that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good:

  • 1.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the different over-the-counter and prescription medications, and various types of treatments available to help you quit smoking.
  • 2.  Look into the different options available to help smokers quit. Visit www.LungUSA.org or call 800-548-8252 for suggestions.
  • 3.  Take time to plan. Pick your quit date a few weeks ahead of time and mark it on the calendar. If you can, pick a day that isn’t stressful, such as after the holidays. Mark a day on your calendar and stick to it.  As your Quit Day approaches, gather the medications and tools your need and map out how you are going to handle the situations that make you want to smoke.
  • 4.  Get some exercise every day. Walking is a great way to reduce the stress of quitting. Exercise is proven to not only combat weight gain but also to improve mood and energy levels.
  • 5.  Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.
  • 6.  Ask family, friends and co-workers for their help and support. Having someone to take a walk with or just listen can give a needed boost.
  • 7.  You don't have to quit alone. Help is available online and in your community. Consider joining a stop-smoking program like Freedom From Smoking® (www.ffsonline.org) from the American Lung Association.


“Be aware that smokers have different experiences when they quit,” says Norman Edelman, M.D., American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer. “Some may feel tired or even easily excitable. Others may feel lightheaded, nervous or irritable and experience headaches in addition to craving tobacco or sweets. Know these feelings are normal and may last for several weeks, but eventually they will pass.”

The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® (FFS) program has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking and is considered the gold standard for its clinically proven techniques.

Freedom From Smoking® Online (www.ffsonline.org) allows you to participate from the comfort and privacy of your own home. A Premium membership includes the eight-module program, access to the online community, and other resources such as message boards and downloadable relaxation exercises.
The Freedom from Smoking® program is also offered over eight sessions in a group setting, since the support of others is a beneficial component of the quitting process.  Individual interested in the group clinic option should contact their local Lung Association.  A complete list of Lung Associations can be found at www.LungUSA.org.

“Quitting smoking is one of the most important that things that you can do for your health,” adds Dr. Edelman. “The earlier you quit the better, but it’s important to remember that it’s never too late to quit. The American Lung Association offers the best tools and resources available.”

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.LungUSA.org.