The American Cancer Society is marking the 38th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21st by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco takes nearly 8,000 lives every year in Wisconsin and costs the state as much as $4.5 billion in health care costs. On top of that, tobacco use is also the leading cause of Chronic Diseases in Wisconsin such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. These diseases take a terrible toll on Wisconsin as they make up about two-thirds of all deaths in the state.
Free quit smoking assistance is available by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW. The Quit Line is funded by the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
5 Tips to Get Ready to Stop Smoking With the Great American Smokeout
2. Get moving. Working out has been shown to help smokers kick the bad habit. So start exercising now so that when your quit day comes, you’re already in an exercise routine that’ll help your stop-smoking efforts!
3. Hone in on why you’re quitting. You’re probably quitting smoking for health reasons. But focus a little everyday on how having healthy lungs will positively impact your life. Visualize yourself not smoking and having more energy to do the things you love. This will help to keep your motivation to quit high.
4. Tell your friends, family and coworkers. Tell the important people in your life about your decision to quit smoking and ask for their help. If there are smokers in your life, ask them to be respectful and supportive of your decision by not smoking around you. You can even ask them to join the Great American Smokeout too!
5. Have a back-up behavior. Quitting smoking can be a tough because it’s a habit. So instead of fighting your need to smoke, replace it with something else like chewing sugar-free gum, drinking water, deep breathing or even munching on crunchy veggies.