Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to improve their health, such as quitting smoking, but often fail to follow through.
According to the American Lung Association, most Americans struggle to quit smoking on their first attempt and frequently require multiple attempts.
“Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life,” said Charles D. Connor, American Lung Association President, and CEO. “I encourage all smokers to make a plan to quit this year, talk to your doctor about how to quit smoking, and utilize the support and resources available from the American Lung Association.”
Individuals who want to quit smoking should consider using medications or other products on the market to help alleviate the urge. They also get rid of all cigarettes in their home, office, and car.
Smokers are also advised to spend more time in places where smoking is not permitted, such as health clubs, libraries, and non-smoking friends’ homes. Changing one’s routine can also help with quitting smoking. Spend less time in situations that can trigger smoking, such as having drinks after work.
The American Lung Association and WellPoint’s “Quitter in You” campaign is a website aimed at both smokers and nonsmokers in an effort to reduce the nation’s smoking habit.
Quitting smoking tools and resources are available for both current smokers and nonsmokers who can assist someone else in quitting. Every day, success stories and words of encouragement are posted to provide additional support. Visit the website for more information. Those who successfully quit usually notice significant improvements in their health. As an added benefit, quitting means lower life insurance premiums and costs.