(Atlantic) The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Annual Great American Smoke out tomorrow by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Melissa Stark, from Cass County Public Health, says by quitting even for one day smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life. She said if you need help, call the quit line.
“They say that it will increase your chances of quitting successfully if you do the following things: #1 would be set a quit date and create a quit plan and quitline Iowa can help with that, #2 get rid of all of your tobacco and #3 tell others about your plan and ask friends, family and colleagues for their support,” said Stark.
Another method is to anticipate cravings and plan other activities when you have the urge to smoke and talk to your doctor about nicotine therapy or other methods that will help during with drawl.
“They’re saying 45 million Americans are still smoking cigarettes and they say that 400,000 die each year and they want to replace those smokers with young people, so they really have a lot of ads out there and gimmicks to get young people smoking,” said Stark.
Stark says tobacco makers have made cigarettes that weigh more called “Cigarillo’s.
“Those are a very inexpensive way for them to get kids addicted because they have all these different flavors and they make it sound really inviting for kids and they don’t realize they’re getting addicted to nicotine,” explained Stark.
Stark says they will be out and about tomorrow presenting information about starting small and making the call.
“They really want you to pick up the phone and call quitline and you can start small by just quitting for just that 24 hours on November 15th,” said Stark. “But they hope that people will, even if they’ve been smoking and have tried to quit, keep trying to quit because this program with quitline Iowa is a great program and it does work and it’s free.”
November 14, 2012