This Valentines Day, Break Up with Cigarettes Together
(February 12, 2018) -
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This Valentine’s Day, the American Lung Association in Iowa encourages couples to break up… with tobacco! Studies have shown that couples that quit smoking together, are more likely to stay smokefree than when tackling it solo.
In lieu of flowers and chocolate this year, make a commitment to quit smoking for good as a couple. “Tobacco use is a serious addiction that is very challenging to overcome,” said Beth Turner, senior manager of tobacco control and lung health for the Lung Association in Iowa. “This makes it imperative for those who are trying to quit to have support from their family and friends.”
Couples tend to have strong influences over one another. Take those strong influences and put them to good use:
- Set a Quit Date Together. Putting a date on the calendar and gearing up for that together can help make that first day smokefree successful together.
- Identify & Modify Smoking Triggers. There are certain behaviors partners may have together that contribute to their smoking behaviors. Take a moment to identify these triggers together, and make a plan for how to avoid or modify those moments.
- Support Each Other Along the Way. The first seven to 10 days of a quit attempt are the toughest, and having someone who understands and is going through it at the same time can be a helpful. Getting through those smoking urges together can also be a bonding experience.
- Try New Experiences. By quitting together, couples have a wingman ready to take advantage of all that extra time and savings. Try that new restaurant with the extra dollars saved from not buying cigarettes. Got extra time? Pick up a new hobby together!
- Celebrate Milestones Together. Quitting smoking together might be one of the most significant moments in a partnership. Celebrate that milestone and congratulate each other on working together toward a healthier future.
- Utilize Free Resources. Quitline Iowa is a free program for Iowans to help them each step of the way.
Quitline Iowa offers Iowans a free tobacco cessation program that helps residents quit using proven strategies and support, supportive tobacco quit coaches, and guidance throughout the journey. Some participants may be eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy. More information is available at QuitlineIowa.org or by calling 1 800 QUIT NOW.
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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