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Tried to Quit Before? …

… here’s some advice to try again.

This article is written by Heath Dingwell, Ph.D.

Dingwell is the author of The Easiest Way to Stop Smoking: Finding the Way That Works Best For You, published by Turner Publishing in 2011.

If First You Don’t Succeed…

The saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That’s easier said than done.

No one likes to fail, let alone repeatedly fail. And it’s especially hard to overcome an obstacle that is addicting, such as smoking.

However, it is worth noting that approximately 70 percent of smokers want to quit each year. Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that in 2007 approximately 40 percent of all smokers were able to stop for at least one day. Unfortunately the CDC does not indicate how long people were able to stop or completely quit.

Increasing Your Odds

Most smoking cessation approaches, such as using medications, only have about a 50 percent success rate. By this I mean that after one year only 50 percent of people are still smoke-free.

Those numbers vary a lot because of all the different cessation aids that are available. That doesn’t sound very encouraging.

However, there are steps people can take to help increase their chances for success.

First, if you’ve tried quitting before, evaluate what you did and try to identify what caused you to smoke again. This doesn’t have to be elaborate – you’re not looking for some deeply insightful revelations here.

Once you identify what went wrong, look at other ways to stop smoking. If you tried one medication to stop smoking and it didn’t work, ask your doctor about other alternatives. There are several medications that can be used. Each works differently and there’s no evidence that if one didn’t work then others won’t either.

Cessation Aids

Did you try using a cessation aid, such as the patch, gum or lozenge?

If not, that’s another option. Even if you did, it is worth considering again. Using these along with other treatments can boost your success rate.

You can even use a combination of the patch, gum or lozenge. Some people wear a patch and then use the gum or lozenge when cravings strike.

Get Support to Stop Smoking

You should call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for advice and suggestions.

Every state has a dedicated phone number to help people quit smoking. The 1-800 number above is automatically routed to your state’s number. Quitlines can provide information and resources to help you quit.

People have successfully used meditation, visualization and acupuncture to stop smoking. These techniques can make a huge difference, especially if you believe in them.

If you tried quitting “cold turkey” and it didn’t work, well don’t worry. Although it works for some people, most people who try this method aren’t successful. I know a few people who quit this way – the one feature they had was an insane level of will power. It’s not shameful if someone can’t quit this way – if it were easy then there’d be no need for cessation aids or medications.

Focusing on Goals & Your Reasons for Quitting

Regardless of the method or methods you use, it is important to write down a list of goals and reasons for quitting.

  • Do you want to be smoke-free in a month, two months or three months?
  • Do you want to quit to save money?
  • Be healthier?
  • Live longer?
  • Set a good example for family or friends?

Be specific and list everything. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see for reasons for stopping smoking every day.

Writing down this information is a big psychological motivator – it helps get you in the right frame of mind.

Looking at your list, even if it’s only for a few seconds a day, helps to reinforce your motivation.

Remember – quitting isn’t easy. There is no one right way to do it. At some point almost everyone stumbles. But, it is so important to acknowledge what happened when you tried, and then move forward. Ultimately you can and will get there.

It’s not a race …. It’s a journey to healthier living!

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Way to Go California – 1 800 No Butts at Your Service

California’s Example Provides Encouragement that Smokers Can Stop

Today in the LA Times, it was reported that the use of cigarettes in California is steadily declining.

Smoking statistics for adults have dropped since California passed a twenty-five cent tax on each pack of cigarettes.

Cigarette Taxes Encourage Quitting Smoking

The decline of adult smokers in California is at forty-one percent since the new tax, reported by data from the Department of Public Health.

pic-cigarette-notThis is great news and offers hope that the newly-passed government cigarette tax may just stop many smokers in their tracks.

Eric Bailey, from the LA Times states, “Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating this week’s 20th anniversary of California’s groundbreaking tobacco-control effort by releasing new data showing that cigarette use is continuing its steep decline in the Golden State.”

Last year only thirteen percent of California adults were addicted to cigarettes, which is a ten percent decrease since 1988. Another encouraging bit of data is the decline in youth smokers, which is currently a little over fourteen percent and one of the lowest percentages in the entire nation.

Way to go California!

No If’s or Butt’s About It

For those smokers who are wanting to quit, try calling the 1 800 No Butts quit smoking help line. Calls are currently up twenty-five percent since last year. This is another example that people are seriously considering the health hazards of smoking and the cost of their cigarette habits.

Our hats go off to 1 800 No Butts. Kimberly Belshe, Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, reported the estimates of lives saved through this program the last twenty years is as high as one million and over eighty-six billion dollars in health care expenses.

Credit for this article goes to the LA Times
For more information contact eric.bailey @ latimes.com

Watch a Short Video From California’s 1-800-No-Butts


Pack it in with the Great American Smokeout

Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.”

The Great American Smokeout also known as GASO has been going on nationally since 1977, and that’s all there is to it: for just one day, don’t smoke.

If you smoke, the American Cancer Society invites you to quit one more time, if only for 24 hours, during the Great American Smokeout, on November 15.

Is it really worthwhile to quit just for one day?

Edwina “Eddie” Reeves, certified tobacco treatment specialist at CHINS, says, “People who quit during the Great American Smokeout are winners because they learn that they can do without the nicotine. If they quit for one day they prove to themselves that they have the power over the nicotine.”

Twain also said, “It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep.” By following Twain’s simple rule you can easily handle one-third of the 24 hours. Only 16 hours to go! Smokers: a dying breed Smoking rates among U.S. adults hit a high of 46 percent in 1964 and have been declining steadily since then, to 21 percent today. It’s true that smokers tend to die young and drop out of the measurements, but smoking rates have declined primarily because people realize they’ve had enough and decide that they are not going to smoke any more.

GASO is one way they work up to this. New smokers get recruited all the time, mostly children. One-fifth of children are smoking by the time they graduate high school, and 90 percent of adult smokers started before age 18. GASO is not limited to adults, and a GASO event aimed at students will be held in Tularosa.

The Hassle Factor

The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect in New Mexico on June 15. It generally prohibits smoking in indoor public places and indoor workplaces. It is intended to protect people against second-hand smoke, but it does make life more of a hassle for smokers, who now have to go outside to smoke.

For many smokers this has been the last straw and they have decided to quit. If you are fed up with the hassle of smoking, but haven’t quite decided to quit, GASO is a good chance to try being a nonsmoker for a day.

ribbon.jpgLocally, CHINS offers free tobacco cessation classes and individualized counseling, including free nicotine replacement therapy (patches and gum). CHINS has had a surge of interest in these classes since the new law went into effect. The next class starts Nov. 5 in Tularosa. Contact CHINS at 434-3011 or 491-3595.

The statewide quit line is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You get to talk to a real person who can help you. Help is available in English and in Spanish, and for youth and for adults. The quit line counselors will work with you to develop an individualized plan, and you get unlimited follow-up calls to help you through the process.

Leave the Pack Behind

Mark Twain was a tough old bird, and despite smoking almost continually from age 8, he beat the odds and lived to age 74. Not everyone has his luck. Thinking about quitting? Try going without your cigarettes for 24 hours on Nov. 15. It can be the first step to leaving the pack behind.

Source: Allen Stenger, Alamogordo Daily News

Editor’s note: This column is provided as a service of the Otero County Community Health Council and the Alamogordo Daily News as a way to provide the latest in health and wellness information, services and events. If you would like more information, contact Lee Ann Loney, OCCHC Coordinator, at 700 E. First Street, Suite 720, Alamogordo, NM, 88310, 443-8100, oteromch@netmdc.com.