Letter: Help available to quit smoking

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The new year is here, and it’s a great time for fresh starts. If you’re a tobacco user, the best thing you can do this year is to make a quit plan. Smoking is still the No. 1 cause of preventable death in Indiana. Making the decision to quit in 2022 can dramatically reduce your risk for life threatening diseases and even make all of your meals taste better.

Making a quit plan:

  • Combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident and motivated to quit.

  • Identifying challenges you will face as you quit and ways to overcome them can improve your chances of quitting smoking for good.

  • A trained quit coach at 1-800-Quit-Now can help with a quit plan.

SmokeFree.gov includes the following steps for having a successful quit plan:

  • Pick a quit date.

  • Let loved ones know you are quitting.

  • Remove reminders of smoking.

  • Identify your reasons to quit smoking.

  • Identify your smoking triggers.

  • Develop coping strategies.

  • Have places you can turn to for immediate help.

  • Set up rewards for Quit Milestones.

Free, confidential help is available at 1-800-Quit-Now or QuitNowIndiana.com. Make 2022 your best year yet by making the decision to quit.

Kirsten Terry, Bloomington

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Letter: Help available to quit smoking

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