How can I quit?
Quitting is never easy— in fact, most smokers try 7 times before they go smoke-free. But, and this is an important but, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It just means you need to keep your head and spirits up, even if it’s harder than you expected.
Here are some things you can do to make it a little bit easier:
Change your behaviors
Talk to your doctort
Change your diet
Know what to expect
Be prepared in case of a relapse
You have choices
People use many methods to help them quit using tobacco—there is no right or wrong way of going about quitting, and every experience is different. You just have to figure out which methods are best for you and then go for it.
Some people are able to quit on their own, but this doesn’t work for everybody. Having support from friends and family to help you through the quit process is important
Here are some tools that you can use to help you quit:
- TRASH Quit Kit: These FREE kits include an interactive booklet and CD and items to help you while you’re going through your quit process. Order one today!
- Smokefree Teen: This site is designed to help you understand the decisions you make—especially the decision to quit smoking—and how those decisions fit into your life. “Your Life. Your Health. Your Call.” The site is run by the National Cancer Institute.
- Smokefree TXT: This is a FREE text message service through the Smokefree Teen program that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. Sign up online at teen.smokefree.gov or text QUIT to iQUIT (47848). You can even download an ‘app‘ for your smart phone and join their Facebook and Twitter pages.
- The NOT (Not on Tobacco) program from the American Lung Association is a voluntary smoking cessation program for teens 14-19. Over the 10-week program, participants learn to identify their reasons for smoking, healthy alternatives to tobacco use, and people who will support them in their efforts to quit.
- Online tools can be helpful with quitting. Not only do these sites help you maintain your privacy, they can also tailor information to your needs and connect you with others who are going through the same thing.
Why should I quit?
If you’re trying to quit, you’re not alone. Among the 23% of students across the nation who currently smoke, over half have tried to quit in the last year.
Some of the reasons for quitting are obvious like a healthier body, a fatter wallet, and a cleaner environment. So let’s break them down…
1. Health benefits
2. Economic benefits
3. Appearance benefits
4. Relationship benefits
5. Environmental benefits
Are you ready to quit now?