The New Year is rapidly approaching. Many people make resolutions at this time, stopping smoking being one of the most popular ones. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and quitting now can cut your risk and leave you feeling stronger and health-ier. Some things to help on your efforts to kick the habit include:
Picking a quit date. Starting the new year smokefree is a great idea.
Letting loved ones know you’re quitting so they can support you.
Listing your reasons to quit smoking.
Figuring out what triggers make you want to smoke so you can avoid them, especially during the early days.
Having places you can turn to for help right away, including the free resources listed below.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. For free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help to help you quit smoking call the California Quit Line at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or go to www.nobutts.org/. The American Cancer Society also has a number of resources to help support your decision to stop using commercial tobacco, just go to https://www.cancer.org/. United Indian Health Services offers classes based on the Second Wind curriculum to help you quit your habit. For more information call in Humboldt County Stone Wallace or Elizabeth Jackson at (707) 825-5070 and in Del Norte County call Trudy Adams at (707) 464-5726.
People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit.
*United Indian Health Services is funded by the California Tobacco Control Program for the NATIVE Tobacco Project.