The third Thursday of November is almost here which means it’s time for the Great American Smokeout! It doesn’t matter whether you smoke or use some other form of tobacco, giving it up for one day could be the beginning of your quit for good.
They say numbers don’t lie, but when it comes to smoking, they don’t tell the entire truth either. In 1976, when the first Great American Smokeout took place in California, roughly 36% of Americans smoked (41.9% males, 32.0% females). Over the years that number dropped and by 2015 it was at 15.1%. While the percentage is much lower than the 1976 number, actual numbers means more than 36 million adults in the U.S. are still lighting up. And this doesn’t even include smokeless tobacco.
Did you know 7 out of 10 smokers want to quit smoking. According to information from the Ontario Tobacco Survey, the average attempts to quit per person was about 2.7, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 8 to 11 attempts. Whether it takes you one attempt or several, just remember, what works for one person may not work for another. Keep experimenting to find what works best for you.
If you are not sure where to begin, start by calling your state quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to learn more. Let your family and friends know about your decision so they can help. Get rid of the cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays and any other reminders around your house or car. Prepare ahead of time by having mints, bottled water, fresh fruit and veggies available if a craving hits. If you need another incentive, take the money you would have spent on tobacco and put it away every week. At the end of the year reward yourself for a job well done. You will be surprised at how much money you have.
Quitting is a big deal, but you are a big deal in the lives of so many people. You can do this! If you need additional help, click on the links below to start your quit journey.