Tomorrow, people who want to stop smoking will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout.
Quitting may not be easy, but it’s possible—and worth it. Steep prices aside, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the US. Smoking causes a third of all cancer deaths and one in five deaths from all causes. Another 8.6 million people live with debilitating smoking-related illness.
The first important step in your walk away from cigarettes is to make a plan. Research shows people who plan ahead and use tools to help them quit are the most successful in kicking the habit.
The four keys to a successful stop-smoking plan are:
1. Set a deadline to quit tobacco.
2. Use nicotine-replacement products or other stop-smoking aids.
3. Attend a smoking-cessation program or support group.
4. Get help and support from your doctor, friends and family.
The North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control offers free help to quit smoking. Call us at 516-466-1980 to help plan your escape from cigarettes or to learn about plans for employers who want to help staff members quit smoking. In greater New York, call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-697-8487.