November 20, 2019 Healthy Living

Quitting Smoking is Difficult but Not Impossible

Anytime is a good time to quit smoking or vaping. If you’ve been thinking about kicking the habit, join the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 21. Quitting is hard, but it’s not impossible. With the right support and resources, you can quit.

By quitting – even for one day – you are taking an important stride toward a healthier lifestyle that can lead to reducing your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all while improving your quality of life.

While cigarette smoking rates have dropped, other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke, such as vaping, cigars, pipes, and hookahs, are very much on the rise. For every person who dies from smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. There is no “safe” way to smoke.

CDPHP® Has Resources to Help You Quit

The most effective way to prevent cancer and other diseases is to not smoke. If you are a smoker, quitting will greatly lower your risk, as well as provide numerous other health benefits. CDPHP offers several resources to help you quit, such as CDPHP Smoke-Free, a no-cost telephonic smoking cessation program.

Join CDPHP Smoke-Free to get connected with a specialized quit coach. You can also call 1-866-697-8487 to get started. The program includes up to 16 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy, like gum or patches, and up to 8 phone calls with your quit coach.

Data shows that a combination of personalized counseling, appropriate medication, and consistent support increases your chances of successfully quitting and overcoming obstacles and cravings.

So make November 21, 2019 your day to quit smoking so you can live your healthiest life.

If you or a loved one is thinking about quitting or is ready to quit now, CDPHP Smoke-Free can help you achieve your goal!

 

 

Lisa Fox
About Author

Lisa joined CDPHP in July 2016 as a population health and wellness specialist. In her role, she develops and implements programs and initiatives in partnership with employers, community partners, and providers to promote healthier lifestyles and improve health outcomes. Lisa’s professional career has always been focused on improving the health of populations through effective behavior change strategies. Over the years, she has worked on a variety of public health projects within the private, public, and non-profit sectors in Washington, DC, and Boston. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from SUNY Albany. Since moving back to the area, Lisa has set her sights on becoming an Adirondack 46er with her husband, Ryan, and their labradoodle, Harbor.

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