-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is one of
the most common New Year's resolutions, but it's easier said than
done, with six of 10 smokers requiring multiple attempts before
successfully kicking the habit, according to the American Lung
However, preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve your
chances of success.
"Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health," Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the lung association said in an association news release. "The start of a fresh New Year is a great time for smokers to implement their plan to quit smoking and reap the health and financial benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle."
Here are some proven tips and resources that have helped
thousands of people quit smoking, the lung association said.
Various types of treatments and different over-the-counter and
prescription medications are available to help people quit smoking.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or visit the American Lung
Pick your quit day a few weeks ahead of time and mark it on the
calendar. Try to choose a quit day when you won't be under a great
deal of stress. As the day approaches, gather the medications and
other quit aids you require and plan how you're going to deal with
situations that make you want to smoke.
Exercise every day. This will help improve your energy levels
and mood, as well as help prevent weight gain. Walking is an ideal
way to reduce the stress of quitting. You also need to eat a
balanced diet, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.
Ask for support from family, friends and co-workers and consider
joining a stop-smoking program so that you don't have to quit
The American Cancer Society offers a
guide to quitting smoking.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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