The Great American Smokeout is November 19

Time-to-Quit-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-November-2015Quitting smoking can be hard, so a good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal.

  1. Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout date or another day within the next two weeks.
  2. Tell your family and friends you plan to quit. 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 game night to distract yourself.  Or gather your family to cook a special meal together.
  3. Plan for 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 healthy ways to cope:  drinking water, taking a walk, listening to a favorite song, playing a game or calling a friend.
  4. Remove cigarettes from your home, car and workplace. Throw away cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays.  Clean your car, home and workplace.  Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
  5. Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or quitline coach (900-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