Make it Your Mission to Quit in 2017
Quitting tobacco is tough. Everyone knows it. But don’t forget that it is possible. Consider the fact that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that there are now more former smokers in the United States compared to current smokers. Forget about the slip-ups you’ve had trying to quit in the past and start fresh this year!
Here are some steps you can take to help you stick with your resolution to be tobacco free in 2017.
Make a Plan Once you decide that quitting is your top resolution, make sure to create a plan on Ready2Quit - our interactive quit plan - using your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can list your reasons for quitting, decide on a quit method, assess your tobacco use, and make lists to prepare to quit. Don’t forget to set email reminders and return to keep track of your progress.
Set a Quit Day Take some time to think about when you want to quit and give yourself enough time to prepare. Consider making your quit day a Monday and give yourself a fresh start with a new work week.
Review the Benefits It’s important to know just how dangerous tobacco can be, and what you can gain once you quit.
Find a Quit Buddy Do you know someone else that wants to quit? Quitting tobacco using the buddy system will instantly improve your chances for success.
Commit to Staying Quit To succeed in your mission, you’ll probably have to change your routine, find other ways to keep busy and, most importantly, get through the cravings and nicotine withdrawal. You can find strategies and tools to help you do this when you make your quit plan in Ready2Quit.
Know Your Resources Quit Tobacco has free online resources to help service members and their family members quit tobacco. Get answers to your questions about quitting and staying quit in the UCanQuit.org resource library. The website also offers a live chat feature, a savings calculator and a support locator to find cessation classes or counseling near you. For daily messages of support, advice and tips, try the SmokefreeMIL text-message support program to help you get ready and get through the weeks after you quit. (Text MIL to 47848 and get started!)
Quitting tobacco is the most important resolution you will make. You are not only quitting for you and your health, but quitting benefits your family, friends and even your pets. Make this the year you become a former tobacco user.