Be A Quitter: Resources for Your Success
Be A Quitter! The Great American Smokeout Is November 15, 2012
by Anne Stein, RN, FNP-BC
You have heard the health risks of using tobacco. The cost of cigarettes is killing your budget. Tobacco use has become socially unacceptable. Your car smells. Your teeth are becoming yellow, yet you're still lighting up or filling your cheek every day. You want to quit. The addiction is strong. If this is your story, consider becoming a quitter on November 15th.
Every year for the past 37 years, the American Cancer Society has sponsored a day in November when Americans are encouraged quit using tobacco products. This day is known as The Great American Smokeout. If you have been thinking about quitting, now is the time to make a plan!
Tobacco addiction involves both physical addiction and psychological addiction. The physical addiction lasts 3-5 days after your last use. The psychological addiction is much stronger and can last for several months. The activities you associate with using tobacco can trigger cravings. Your quit plan should consist of ways to manage both components of addiction.
Your quit plan needs to include the reasons you want to stop using tobacco. Write them down. Use them as motivators when you're struggling. Surround yourself with supportive people. Keep hard candy or gum on hand. Avoid places and activities that increase your cravings.
There are many resources with information and suggestions to help you be a successful quitter. Use them to make your plan. Revisit them when your commitment to quit is waning. If you do relapse, don't lose hope. Most successful quitters required several attempts. The addiction is strong, but so are you! Plan to quit on November 15th.
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index
Become an EX Smoker, free plan and materials http://www.becomeanex.org/?pid=GUnbrandedUB201203
Michigan Tobacco Quit Line: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Tips from former smokers http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/
National Cancer Institute 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking