Jan 05, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

Is one of your resolutions this year to quit smoking? Getting over tobacco addiction isn’t easy. But quitting has major health benefits:

  • Lowers the risk of lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease
  • Improves ulcers and reduces the risk of ulcers coming back
  • Reduces the risk of mouth sores, gum problems, and tooth loss
  • Saves money and improves social acceptance
  • Sets a positive example to others

For most people, quitting tobacco has two steps: breaking the habit and defeating the physical addiction to nicotine. There is no one best way to quit using tobacco—different methods may work for some people better than others. Here are some suggestions for help quitting:

  • Group tobacco cessation programs or individual therapy can be very helpful. When looking for a program or counselor, feel free to ask questions about the program. Ask if the program helps people identify triggers and find replacement activities, and if it provides long-term support and encouragement for staying tobacco-free.
  • Telephone counseling and a list of tobacco cessation programs in Utah are available through the Utah Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Nationally, people can call the National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline for support at 1-877-448-7848.
  • Online quitting programs can also be very helpful:
  • Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help you quit tobacco.
  • Guided relaxation and meditation can help. Listen to our podcasts Smoking Cessation Part 1 and Smoking Cessation Part 2.

Want to help a friend or family member quit? Check out our guide How to Help Someone You Love Stop Using Tobacco.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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