Quitting Smoking in 2013

Jan 4, 2013 7:23 PM

It's one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, and also one of the ones most commonly broken. Every year thousands say they'll quit smoking January First, but find themselves back at it weeks later.

It’s hard to believe but according to data from the CDC, one out of every five people in the United States smokes.

People make resolutions to quit every year, but without the right resources it can be a struggle.

Tobacco free in 2013 is a dream for many, but getting there can be a struggle
“Yeah we always get an increase in calls around the holidays and around New Years,” said Nathan Read with Shasta County Public Health. He says with a few tips, success can be in sight.

1. Make a plan for what to do when you get a craving.

“Most people don’t know a craving only lasts for 5 minutes and because that 5 minutes is so crucial, the plan can make the difference between smoking a cigarette and letting that craving pass,” said Read.

2. Tell people your quitting. You'll be more successful if your held accountable.

“When we give in to that and we keep it a secret, a lot of times we lose all of that external motivation that keeps us on track and helps us quit,” said Read.

3.Enroll in a smoking cessation class. You're more likely to kick the habit if you know why you have the habit.

“That usually take the form of some type of group or class or online community, or a call to the California Smokers Helpline where you can have contact with individuals that can support you in your quit attempt,” said Read.

4.Use a quit aid like nicotine gum or a prescription that will help wean your system off of nicotine.

5. If you fail, keep trying.

“Be resilient and know that if you mess up, you can keep going, and we find out what those triggers are in their life and do something about that,” said Read.

Quitting cold turkey only works about 4 percent of the time, but with these steps the success rate jumps to about 50 percent.


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