Kick the Habit – Smoking Cessation
Cigarette smoking causes over 440,000 deaths each year – over 135,000 of those are due to smoking-related cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. When you stop using tobacco, you’ll notice immediate benefits including:
- Healthier looking skin and increased energy for physical activity.
- Clean smelling clothes, hair, home, and vehicles.
- More money for other items.
Stopping smoking is a challenging task – especially if you have smoked for several years. There are many resources available to help you stop smoking. Resources can be tailored to fit your needs and may include things such as guides with helpful tips and contact with support staff. Your doctor also can provide you with information about over-the-counter and prescription aids to help you stop smoking.
Smokefree.gov provides you with a step-by-step guide to quitting, an expert to talk with, and useful tools to help you quit. You can even download a phone app or sign up for SmokefreeTXT. SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society knows how hard it is to quit tobacco. The Stay Away from Tobacco resource center offers tips and tools to help you to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco. It also provides tips for you to use when helping another person to quit smoking. Check out their Guide to Quit Smoking and find help for cravings and tough situations.
American Heart Association’s Quit Smoking Resources
The American Heart Association provides numerous resources for smokers. Many people find support groups and hotlines helpful when quitting smoking. The American Heart Association has compiled a number of organizations that may offer personalized help or listings of classes and support groups in your community.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association offers tools to help you or someone you know stop smoking for good. To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program, and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872.
Tobacco-Free Life Organization’s mission is to save 1 billion lives by preventing diseases caused by tobacco. Their Guide to Quitting Smoking will help you understand your smoking habit and offer advice on the most effective smoking cessation methods and products to maximize the likelihood of successful quitting.