With January 2017 fast approaching, it is a good time to begin contemplating if this New Years’ resolution will be to quit tobacco. Whether it is for your health, the health of your family and friends (pets included!), or if it is simply to cut down on cost in the new year, there are resources available to help you succeed.
Many know about the health benefits of quitting tobacco, such as risk of heart disease and many cancers decreases, your circulation and lung function improves, coughing and sinus congestion decreases, but some benefits that are less commonly known are:
- On average if you stop using tobacco for a week you save $35; over a year that equals $1825+ saved
- Overall energy and stamina improves
- Your skin, nails, and teeth will look healthier which often makes people look younger
- Stress level actually go down due to less nicotine in the system
Quitting is hard. On average it takes individuals 7 quit attempts to quit for good. Quitting is a decision only you can make, but when you are ready, there are many resources available to you.
- Oregon Tobacco Quit Line (Phone and/or Online)- FREE program offering counseling, tips, and information. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is also available.
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) Español 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) www.quitnow.net/Oregon/
- Freedom From Smoking (Online or In Person Courses) FREE program that uses sessions and a step-by-step action plan for quitting smoking. 541-265-6611 ext. 3281 ffsonline.org
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy- Gum, lozenges, patch, pill, and inhalants are available either over the counter or through a clinician’s prescription. Ask your provider which option is best for you.
- My Last Dip/Kill the Can (Online)-FREE Web-based smokeless tobacco cessation project. Mylastdip.com and/or killthecan.org
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