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Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, regardless of your age or how long you’ve been using tobacco products. Having a personalized plan can help you stay strong when things get tough. Follow these steps to break the habit and improve your quality of life.
Start by deciding when you want to quit and mark the date on your calendar. Although it’s tempting to start immediately, choose a date one to two weeks in the future to give yourself time to prepare.
Quitting saves you money. A pack-a-day smoker saves over $2,200 per year when they stop smoking. Calculate your savings to determine how much money you’ll save when you decide to kick the habit.
“Nicotine is an addictive substance, and quitting is not easy,” said Donald Noblett, Cancer Grants Manager at Inspira Health. “Knowing why you want to quit smoking can help you stay motivated, especially when things get challenging.” Your reasons may include:
Consider what gives you the urge to smoke. Understanding what precipitates your smoking can help you develop a plan for when these occasions arise.
“Make a plan for when you feel the urge to smoke,” said Noblett. “It may take some time to figure out how to fight your cravings, but keep trying until you find what works best.” Some strategies to distract your mind from smoking are:
Take additional steps to set yourself up for success. “Ask your doctor about medications that can help you quit smoking,” said Noblett. “Throw away all cigarettes, lighters, matches, ashtrays and vape pens.” It can also be helpful to reach out to trusted friends or family members for support.
When you’re ready, the Inspira Quit Center is here to help and can more than double your chances of successfully quitting. Our six-week quit groups with certified tobacco treatment specialists are free of charge. We offer one-on-one counseling, group support and individualized quit plans. We also provide nicotine replacement therapy, lung cancer screening and follow-up sessions after program completion.
Contact us today to schedule an initial assessment, select a quit date and begin your personalized plan.
Inspira Health is a high reliability organization (HRO), which means safety is the top priority for patients and staff. To make an appointment, call 1-800-INSPIRA.
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