We all know that smoking is bad for us. The research is there, the message has been communicated, and the facts surrounding the detrimental health risks and costs are clear. But making the decision to quit – and sticking with a plan – is a very personal journey and one that often comes with pitfalls and setbacks. The good news is that there are more resources available than ever before – support groups, chat lines, and social media outlets are great ways to start the process. Why not make this year the one to make a change and get healthy?
Here are some resources you may not be aware of:
The American Cancer Society – Quit for Life
This Facebook page acts as on online support group for those on the road to being smoke-free.
Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts
If you have a friend or family member who’s trying to quit smoking, try and understand how hard it is. These tips can help you draw the line between being helpful and being pushy.
South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (TFC)
Formed in 2001, the TFC is a group of leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses in South Carolina who are committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in our state. Their goal is to reduce that toll.
Sign up to receive encouraging text message reminders and tips.
Quit Smoking Apps
There’s an app for that! There are several apps to choose from, many offering daily reminders and motivators, cost savings calculators and a running count of your smoke-free days.
Exactly how you start your journey to being smoke-free isn’t as important as making the decision to start the process. Talk to your doctor, make a plan and reach out to others for support.