While we’re on the topic of chronic disease prevention, patient advocacy groups should remind their members about the Great American Smokeout, which starts today. American Cancer Society is trying to help the 570,000 New Yorkers affected by a serious disease attributed to their smoking, and with so many lives at stake it’s worth taking a minute to sit down and talk to your loved ones about quitting.
The New York Health Department offered these tips to stop smoking in their release today about the Great American Smokeout.
The State Health Department recommends the following tips to help smokers quit:
- Visit your doctor for support and advice for your quit plan.
- Set a quit date and mark it on your calendar.
- Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes.
- Make a list of reasons why you want to quit.
- Make a list of family and friends who will support you.
- Avoid triggers that make you want to smoke, including alcohol, caffeine and other smokers.
- Avoid stores (especially those with large tobacco product displays) where you have purchased cigarettes in the past – this can be a trigger.
- Exercise to relieve stress and to improve your mood and health. Try a brisk 30-minute walk at least four days a week.
- Consider using a safe nicotine alternative, such as replacement patches, gum or lozenges, which can double your chances of quitting.
-Jaime Venditti, 11/17/11