The 2016 Great American Smokeout is Nov. 17
Need help quitting smoking? The Great American Smokeout is the perfect time to set a goal and a quit date. There are many resources available to help:
- Decide on a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokout date or another day within the following two weeks.
- Enlist the help of family and friends. Share your quit date and ask for support. A daily email, text or phone call can help you stay on course. Plan a smoke-free lunch date or grame night to distract yourself. Or gather your family to cook a special meal together.
- Expect challenges. Each urge to smoke is short – usually lasting only 3 to 5 minutes. But these moments can feel intense. Before your quit day, write down health ways to cope: drinking water, taking a walk, listening to a favorite song, playing a game or calling a friend.
- Remove temptation. Throw away cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays. Clean your car, home and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
- Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or quit-line coach (at 800-QUIT-NOW) about quitting options. Nicotine patches, gum or other approved medicines may help with cravings.
–Sources: American Cancer Society; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention