Parkridge Health System - January 01, 2019

Did you know that smoking is the single most preventable cause of death among Americans? Quitting smoking helps greatly reduce your risk of many medical conditions.

That's why, when thinking about your New Year's resolutions for 2019, consider adding smoking cessation to your list.

Here are some ways you can start down the path toward smoking cessation before 2018 ends.

Determine Why You're Quitting

As with anything else you do in life, you need to find your reason. Knowing why you're doing something will put you on the path to success.

Do you want to quit for your family? Do you want to quit because you want to lower your risk of lung cancer? Do you want to quit because you want to become a healthier version of yourself?

No matter what your reason is, keep it front of mind for the days when things get tough.

Determine Your Strategy

Smoking is an addiction. While some people can quit cold turkey, many people need assistance to help wean themselves off smoking.

When you are ready to quit smoking for good, talk with a physician about what smoking cessation method might be best for you. Can you quit cold turkey, or do you need nicotine replacement therapy or other medications to help you stop smoking?

Find Your Support System

As with anything, you are going to need a strong support system with you on your journey. Therefore, lean on the people you can trust to stand by your side during the hills and valleys of your smoking cessation journey.

Share that you're quitting and how you plan to quit with others, so they're aware. You may need to steer clear of other smokers for a while, or at least let them know you're quitting so they don't inadvertently tempt you to smoke.

Have you had a checkup recently? Find a physician at Parkridge Medical Center who can partner with you to elevate your health.