Many Alaska smokers, almost 70%, say they want to quit. Very few people are able to quit smoking on any given attempt without medicines or other help. Your chance of success is much higher when you plan ahead. Start now, find resources and build a support network to help you. Use the Smokeout as an important step toward a healthier life and quit tobacco, just for that day. Celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout with hundreds of Alaskans for a potentially life-changing day. Choose to quit using cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarettes on November 21st, 2019. Start now. The Smokeout is celebrated only one day, but with resources and support, many of those who quit for one day will continue to quit for the rest of their lives.
Quitting can make significant improvements to your health. Here are a few helpful tips in becoming tobacco-free:
- Find your own reason. You need strong, personal motivation to quit.
- Prepare in advance with a list of ideas to substitute tobacco use, like chew on a mint toothpick or gum or eat carrot sticks.
- Talk with a medical provider about Nicotine-Replacement Therapy or medications like Chantix or Zyban.
- Build a support team. Get friends and family involved in your success.
- Avoid alcohol or other triggers.
- Remove the temptation. Clean your house, car, desk, etc. and get rid of any tobacco products.
The help you prepare, download and read this ebooklet from the National Cancer Institute. It was written with the help of ex-smokers and experts with tools and tips to help you prepare to quit and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. It also describes problems to expect when you quit. Being prepared can help you through the hard times.
Also, try a personal coach by phone, by text or email. Success rates improve significantly with a plan AND a support network. Visit Alaska’s Tobacco Quitline for resources and details.