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Tips to Quit

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but it can be done with proven techniques and a personalized support program! It may be the most important decision you’ll make to improve your health – the habit has been linked to 15 different types of cancer, including lung cancer. Many smokers, nearly 70%, want to quit and research shows you can increase your chances of quitting successfully by taking these four steps.

Make the Decision to Quit

  • Think about why you want to quit.
  • What are your personal reasons for quitting?
  • Search for support and resources.
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Set a Quit Day and Make a Plan

  • Mark your calendar.
  • Get rid of tobacco products.
  • Stock up on substitutes.
  • Decide on tobacco cessation medications.
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Deal with Withdrawal

  • Avoid temptation.
  • Correctly use nicotine replacement medications.
  • Change your habits.
  • Reward yourself.
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Stay Tobacco-free (Maintenance)

  • Remember reasons for quitting.
  • Recover from slips.
  • Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations.
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The Cancer Center’s free tobacco cessation program has helped many people kick the habit for good. For more information on the individualized support and services we offer, please call (225) 215-1274.

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