April 26, 2017

Make quitting smoking stick

Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for residents across the Northeast each year—but it’s easier said than done. Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking, but planning ahead can greatly improve the likelihood of quitting for good.

“The New Year is a great time to commit to beginning a new, smokefree life,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Quitting smoking is the best thing a person can do to improve his or her health and the Lung Association is here to help you be successful.”

The American Lung Association is highlighting proven tips and resources that have helped thousands of people pack in smoking permanently.

1. Seek support. You don’t have to quit alone. Ask family, friends, and co-workers for their help and support. Having someone to take a walk with, or just listen, can give a needed boost. Find support online or in your community. Consider joining a stop-smoking program like Freedom From Smoking Online (www.ffsonline.org) from the American Lung Association. Or visit www.lung.org/stop-smoking or call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) for additional suggestions.

2. Take time to plan. Designate a day to quit on the calendar and stick to it. Avoid peak times of stress, such as the holidays, and gather in advance the tools and medications you will need.

3. Exercise daily. Exercise is proven to help smokers quit. Not only that, it will also combat weight gain and improve mood and energy levels. Walking is a great way to reduce the stress of quitting.

4. Prioritize nutrition and sleep. Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and be sure to get plenty of sleep.

5. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can discuss with you the various over-the-counter or prescription medications available to help you quit.

“Even if you’ve tried to quit smoking before and failed, it’s important not to give up,” said Seyler. “Quitting smoking can take several tries.”

—Observer staff report

Comments

  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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