Ready to Stop Smoking? Support Can Make All the Difference
The Great American Smokeout is observed annually on the third Thursday in November. According the American Cancer Society, more than 36 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and other forms of tobacco smoking are on the rise – making awareness crucial in the effort to help smokers live longer, healthier lives.
Where to Find Support
There are many strategies that can help you quit smoking and other forms of tobacco use for good. You are probably aware of the physical symptoms of quitting – such as cravings, nausea, headaches and irritability. Another challenge is dealing with the mental effects of tobacco withdrawal.
Establishing a support system can help you handle the mental challenge of quitting smoking. Research shows that 20-40% of those who participate in a smoking cessation program and other forms of support are able to successfully quit for at least one year. Your support system could include one or more of the following:
- A friend or family member who has successfully quit. Someone who has already quit can listen and empathize with you, and offer distractions to help you deal with cravings.
- Telephone counseling. All 50 states and the District of Columbia offer a free, telephone-based program that connects callers with trained smoking cessation counselors. Call (800) QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to connect directly to your state’s quitline.
- Online counseling. Online smoking cessation programs, chat rooms and quit-smoking organizations can support you while you are quitting. A list of online Quit Smoking Resources is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Support groups for quitters. Many employers, hospitals and health departments sponsor a stop-smoking program. To find out about support groups in your area, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
- A clinical smoking cessation program. Trained healthcare professionals can provide educational materials and health screenings that can motivate you to quit, such as RediClinic’s Stop Smoking for Good® program.
Find Support at RediClinic
The board-certified clinicians at RediClinic can provide support in your effort to quit smoking. For only $89, our Stop Smoking for Good program includes a complete physical examination, a health history report and a personal stop-smoking plan, which may also include medications to help you take the initial steps. You can schedule an online appointment to visit RediClinic seven days a week to get started!