If giving up tobacco is one of your New Year's resolutions, know that it won't be easy but don't give up. Fifty million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it can be done.
"More than 70% of smokers want to quit smoking and 40% will make an attempt this year, but only between 4% and 7% can quit without support," Jennifer Folkenroth, national senior director of tobacco programs with the American Lung Association.
"Smokers and tobacco users who want to quit should make a plan to be successful such as setting a quit date, understanding smoking triggers, talking to a doctor about quit smoking medications, and finding support through family, friends and cessation programs," she suggested in a lung association news release.
The lung association offers several tips to help you stay on track:
Know that it's never too late to quit, enhancing the length and quality of your life, saving money and possibly inspiring others.
About 40 million people Americans still smoke, and tobacco use remains the nation's leading cause of death. In Connecticut, for example, about 12.1% of adults smoke, including 28.7% of high schoolers.
The American Lung Association, which has a new campaign called No Tobacco '22, offers a variety of resources to help people become ex-smokers, including a helpline and quitline at 1-800-LUNGUSA staffed with nurses and certified tobacco treatment specialists.
Other programs help individuals create their own no-smoking plan, help teens with a tobacco problem and work toward vape-free schools.
The American Lung Association has a list of support groups for folks looking to kick the tobacco habit.
SOURCE: American Lung Association, news release, Jan. 4, 2022