Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2015.
- It’s never too late to quit. While it’s best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting smoking at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. You’ll also save money and avoid the hassle of going outside in the cold to smoke. You can even inspire those around you to quit smoking!
- Learn from past experiences. Most smokers have tried to quit before and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. Instead, treat those experiences as 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 and family that you’re trying to quit and enlisting their support will help ease the process.
- Medication can help, if you know what to do. The seven FDA-approved medications (like nicotine patches or gum) really do help smokers quit.
- Every smoker can quit.
For anyone who is ready to try quitting for the first time, tried before and is ready to try again, or is ready to help someone else quit, the Shelby County Health Dept is offering Freedom From Smoking® program in a group setting (901) 222-9268 or the Tennessee Quit-line is a great resource 800-QUIT-NOW.