Ways to Quit Smoking
People stop smoking in different ways: cutting down on cigarettes over time and then stopping smoking, or by going cold turkey – quitting smoking all at once, or by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or medicine to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Remember this good news! More than half of all adult smokers have quit. Millions of people have learned to face life without a cigarette, and you can, too.
Others have reported that the following things helped them to quit:
- “Distracting myself with housework,”
- “Taking a power-nap.”
- “Writing down all the reasons that I quit, and posting them around my house.”
- “Being in a group with others who were quitting.”
- “Chewing the generic nicotine gum worked for me.”
- “I liked using an app on my phone.”
- “Talking to my doctor and the nurses about what I was doing to my health made me quit.”
For people who want help to manage withdrawal symptoms, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and/or bupropion (Zyban®) or varenicline Chantix®). These medicines are safe for most people and can increase your chances of quitting and staying quit. To read an explanation by the American Cancer Society, for “What are the types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy,” click here,
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW
- Is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Indiana tobacco users quit;
- Is confidential and convenient, with call-in privileges, and web and text programs;
- Offers experienced Quit Coaches® trained in cognitive behavioral therapy available seven days a week 24/7;
- Offers free nicotine replacement therapy for those participating in the program who are uninsured or on medicare/medicaid;
- Has translation services available in Spanish and more than 170 other languages.
- Is available now with a call in or by clicking here.
Freedom From Smoking Group Counseling
Taught by an American Lung Association-trained instructor, this offers small group support with personal attention.
Because no two smokers are alike, the program helps you create your own quit plan. Quit day is not until session 4.
Registration begins now. Please visit Reid Healthier Wellness Club to register or call 983-3215. Cost to attend class is $50 for 8 sessions.
Class size is limited to 16 people. Please visit the Patient Financial Services building, 600 E Main St Rimond, IN prior by September 30, 2016 to pay for class. You will receive a letter of completion at the conclusion of the 8 sessions to turn in to your insurance carrier for possible reimbursement.
Available class times/locations:
Monday October 3, 2016 – Monday November 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., classes meet for one hour every Monday with an additional class (same time) Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. Location: Reid Health Outpatient Care Center Classroom.