Do What You Can for Your Lungs

We have daily challenges. For tobacco users, quitting tobacco can be one of those challenges. Some have shared that this was the hardest thing they have ever done.

Why quit? Why go through the pain of quitting? Let’s see if we help to show why it’s worth it and what’s out there to help those who are ready to quit.

Using tobacco causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths each year in the U.S. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Women who smoke are more than 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than those who have never smoked. It’s almost the same for men. (Source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2014)

The good news is that this is a death that can be prevented. First, by choosing NOT to use tobacco ever. Or if you do use tobacco, make a plan to quit – for yourself and for the ones who love and need you.

Why not pick the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® event on Thursday, November 17?

Here are some ways to get ready for your quit day:

  • Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell friends and family about your quit day.
  • Visit cancer.org/smokeout and download the Quit Clock desktop helper. The Quit Clock lets you plug your quit day into your computer, and then counts down to the selected day. Each morning, a new tip comes up to help you get ready to stop using tobacco. Look for the Craving Stopper game to help you deal with cravings.
  • Visit cancer.org/smokeout to download the Quit For Life® mobile app.
  • Stock up on things to put in your mouth instead of tobacco – sugarless gum, carrot sticks, or hard candy.
  • Think back to your other attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what didn’t work for you. This time, consider quitting with a friend, if you haven’t tried that yet.

There is no one right way to quit. Quitting tobacco is a lot like losing weight – it takes a strong focus over a long period of time. Tobacco users may wish there was a magic bullet – a pill or secret that would make quitting painless and easy, but, unfortunately, there’s nothing like that on the market. Work with your doctor to explore possible medications to help you quit.

Quitting isn’t easy, but you can do it. Quit like a champion™.  Visit cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Check out the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline for helping people quit using tobacco:

  • The phone number for the Quitline is 1-800-784-8669 or 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The Quitline, which is answered by trained quit coaches, is free for all Nebraskans. During the first call, a person will be given a choice: on line coaching, tools mailed to the home, or area programs. A person can choose one or all of these. Calls are answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Quitline is on the web at www.QuitNow.ne.gov. On the site, you can find a number of aids, and links to tips and support. Find a Cost Savings Calculator, stories from those who used the Quitline, a Readiness Quiz, and a way to sign up to get your own free Web Coach. All this is free to any tobacco user who signs-up for the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline.
  • The Quitline also offers Facebook support. To use Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/SmokeFreeNe.
  • Download the free QuitNow mobile app, which you can get in Android and iPhone. Go to www.QuitNow.ne.gov. Click on “Tools for Quitting”. Scroll down to and click on “QuitNow Mobile App”. The app will support you through your whole quit process - from setting a Quit Date to getting through your cravings once you've quit. The app also will track the money you've saved since quitting and the days added back to your life.

Four Corners Health Department has aids for helping people quit using tobacco, plus two different programs for worksites and other organizations. To learn more about these, call 1-877-337-3573 or send an email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov. If you have tried to quit before, try again – each try brings you closer to quitting.