Today’s the Great American Smokeout. That means the American Cancer Society, as well as Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County, are encouraging tobacco smokers to take the first step today to kick the habit.
They’re offering some tips to make the process a little easier. They say even if you don’t plan on quitting today, now’s a good time to choose a specific day to quit. Once you have a date set, let family and friends know and ask for their support.
The urge to smoke is usually short, about three to five minutes, so before you start quitting, come up with other ways to deal with the craving, such as drinking water or getting exercise. That way, you’ll be prepared when challenges come up.
It is recommended any individual attempting to quit gets rid of all cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays. Finally, talk to a pharmacist, doctor or quit line coach to talk about your options.
You can get free help quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).