We are now into the second month of 2012. Many of you may have made a New Year’s
resolution to stop smoking. How are you
Did you know about 8 out of 10 people who try to quit using
tobacco do so on their own without any formal intervention. Congratulations, if you are one of those
people! Stopping the use of nicotine and
tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to improve your
health. Keep up the good work!
If you are one of the 2 out of 10, don’t fret. Quitting is not always easy. You probably already know that because most
adult smokers have already tried to quit at least once. Being unsuccessful at quitting is only a
failure if you stop trying to quit.
Here are some ideas
* Tobacco is the only legally available consumer
product that kills people when it is used entirely as it is intended to be
* There are no health benefits to using tobacco or
* 19.8% of the American population over age 18
smokes cigarettes: 22% of those people are men and 17% of those people are women.
*The younger you started smoking, the greater
risk you have of developing a smoking-related disease, unless you stop today!
* 90% of smokers wish they had not started smoking
*70% of smokers would like to quit smoking
*Smoking often is a form of self-treatment for
depression and anxiety. However,
research shows that stopping smoking itself can improve symptoms of depression
Are You Ready To Try To Quit
Smoking Again?Here are some tips.
* Try to stop smoking on your own. This might be
the time it is for good. Nicotine
replacement therapy products can be helpful and they are cheaper than buying
cartons of cigarettes. Set a quit
date. Tell your family and friend you
are quitting. Anticipate the challenges
you will face and plan for them. Remove
all tobacco products and paraphernalia from your home, office, and car.
* Talk to your doctor about quitting. He or she can ask about your tobaccos use,
advise your cessation, assess your interest in quitting, assist you in
quitting, and arrange for follow-ups with you.
*Sign-up for a smoking cessation group. We are starting these groups at the Fort
Worth Psychological Center. They
will include an assessment of tobacco use, identify physical and behavioral
factors contributing to your smoking, and utilize a combination of behavioral
and pharmacological treatment methods to foster quitting and staying quit.
Talking to your children about not
smoking, or using tobacco in any form, is an important conversation to
have. Most (63%) tobacco users begin in
childhood or adolescence. The younger a
person starts smoking, the greater their risk for developing a smoking-related
disease later in life. Children and
adolescents begin smoking from the influence of their family and friends. If you are modeling smoking for your
children, perhaps you should quit. If
their friends are smokers, your child/adolescent is at risk for becoming a
smoker. Statistics about health-related
problems and death do not seem to deter early smokers. Modeling does. Children and adolescents also begin smoking
to relieve stress, anxiety, or depression.
This is counter intuitive since nicotine is actually a stimulant. Nonetheless, if you think your child is
experiencing emotional distress, talking about it at home or with a therapist
would be a better alternative than using a temporary escape through nicotine.