American Lung Association Shares Five Tips for Quitting Smoking in 2018
Most Smokers Say They Want to Quit – Many Will Resolve to Quit for New Year's
(January 2, 2018) - CHICAGO
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Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year's Resolution to quit in 2018. If this is your year to quit, here are five tips to help you along the way:
- Learn from past experiences. Most smokers have tried to quit in the past and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about their previous attempts. Rather than failures, we see those experiences as necessary steps on the road to future success. Think about what helped you during those tries and what you’ll do differently in your next quit attempt.
- You don't have to quit alone. Telling friends that you're trying to quit and enlisting their support will help ease the process. Expert help is available from the American Lung Association. Friends who also smoke may even join you in trying to quit!
- Medication can help, if you know what to do. The seven FDA-approved medications (like nicotine patches or gum) really do help smokers quit. Many folks don't use them correctly so be sure to follow the directions! Talk to your doctor about which medication might be right for you and how you should use it.
- It's never too late to quit. While it's best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting smoking at any age is the most important step you can take to enhance the length and quality of your life. You'll also save money, avoid the hassle of going outside in the cold to smoke and be an even better role model for your children and grandchildren.
- Every smoker can quit. At the American Lung Association, we firmly believe that every smoker can quit. Each person needs to find the right combination of techniques for them and above all, they need to keep trying.
If you or someone you love is ready to quit, the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program can help. In Freedom From Smoking, participants will set a quit date, build a personalized quit plan and learn how to overcome slips and relapse until they're smokefree for good. The program is available as an in-person group clinic, by phone, as a self-help guide and online in our newest option, Freedom From Smoking Plus. Learn more or connect with a local Freedom From Smoking program at Lung.org/ffs.
Quitting isn't easy but there are over 50 million ex-smokers in the United States who can tell you it's possible. Make 2018 the year you begin your new, smokefree life.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.