New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How Can I Quit Smoking?

Ready to quit smoking? Taking a few simple steps can help you succeed in quitting smoking completely and for good, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Make the decision to quit. Think about why you want to quit and the benefits that come with quitting.
  • Set a date. Pick a “Quit Day” within the next month. Mark it on your calendar so you’ll have a reminder that this is the day you’re committed to quit.
  • Make a plan. Get rid of cigarettes and ashtrays. Stock up on other things to keep you mouth busy: gum, carrot sticks, candy, cinnamon sticks, coffee stirrers, straws and toothpicks. Decide if you want to use medicines to help you quit or attend classes, then buy what you need or sign up.
  • Set up a support system. Tell friends and family about your Quit Day so they can support you. If you’ve tried to quit before, think about what you will do differently this time to succeed.
  • Prepare to deal with withdrawal. Plan to avoid temptations and find other activities besides smoking that you enjoy.
  • Reward yourself. Use money you would have spent on smoking to treat yourself with a book or a nice dinner out as you make progress.

Talk to your doctor for more ways you can quit smoking.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine