If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps.
Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the expense of cigarettes, setting a good example for children and cosmetic concerns are all great incentives. Staying focused on your motivation will help you keep your re-resolution.
Make sure to have good preparation and support on your side too. Even President Obama said it took several attempts to stop smoking before he made it work. He attributes his success to the support of his wife and children, exercise and cessation medications like nicotine gum.
Ready to Stop Smoking?
If you’re ready for a re-resolution, these tips will help you to stop smoking:
- Make your quit date on a birthday or anniversary that is significant to you.
- Quit on a Monday, and recommit each week.
- Find a buddy to quit with and/or to support you.
- Develop a quit plan with your doctor.
- Join a local cessation program or call a smokers’ quitline.
People usually try to stop smoking several times before they are successful. Regardless of how much or how long you have smoked, you can do it. And you don’t need to wait until next January to find out.
Take advantage of free smoking-cessation services throughout the metro New York area from the North Shore-LIJ Health System. We have helped thousands of people quit smoking and have one of the highest success rates in the United States.
For Nassau and Queens, contact the Center for Tobacco Control.
For Manhattan, contact the Lenox Hill Hospital Tobacco Dependence Support Group.
For Staten Island, contact the Staten Island University Hospital Smoking Cessation Program.
For Suffolk County, contact Huntington Hospital.
Find encouragement for a fitness re-resolution in a future post.