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Smoking Cessation Tips

01/15/2011

On average approximately one in five Americans die each year because of cigarettes. In an attempt to reduce this statistic, Covenant Health would like to help you kick the habit. Dr. Gary Smith, a pulmonologist for Covenant, offers some tips to help you quit smoking:

  • Avoid cigarettes by making them less accessible. Try keeping them in the garage or somewhere that requires more work to obtain them.
  • Make meaningful attempts to quit. Count the number of cigarettes you smoke daily and become aware of your smoking habits.
  • Try using behavioral modification techniques, such as changing your routine and occupying yourself when you feel the urge to smoke.
  • Drink lots of water because this helps flush toxins from your body which minimizes withdrawal symptoms and helps cravings pass faster.
  • Stay active and occupied to keep your mind off the thought of cigarettes and the urge to smoke.

Dr. Smith adds that motivation is the biggest factor in attempting to quit smoking. Contrary to most beliefs, Nicorette© patches and gum are simply an adjunct to helping you quit. These products should not be solely depended on when attempting to quit.

If you would like to speak to a health professional and develop a quit smoking plan, Covenant Health is hosting a free one-hour workshop on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. or noon.

To sign up for the workshop, go to www.freequitclinic.com or call 1-888-866-0843.

The one-hour clinic will be held at the Knipling Conference Center located on the sixth floor of the west parking garage at the corner of 21st Street and Louisville Avenue. Please note that space is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

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