Keeping Your New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking
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(December 13, 2012) — Have you thought about your New Year's resolutions yet? As each year comes to a close, we think about ways to change our lives for the better. Quitting smoking is a common New Year's resolution for Americans each year—but it's easier said than done. Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking. "The start of the New Year is a terrific time for smokers to implement their plan to quit," said Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. "The benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle include improved overall health, economic benefits, and protecting loved ones from harmful secondhand smoke." How can you set yourself up for success? Planning ahead can greatly improve your likelihood of quitting for good. Try these 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. * 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. "Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health—but they do not have to go through it alone," added Dr. Edelman. "Developing a support system and taking advantage of the American Lung Association's proven tools and resources greatly enhances their likelihood of quitting for good." It may be the end of 2012, but remember that it's never too late to stop smoking!American Lung Association