New Year’s Resolution Up In Smoke?

Smoking and smoking cessation are in the news today. Not only is it time for the annual “New Year’s Resolutions”, but President-elect Barack Obama admits to having tried to quit several times with some, but limited, success.


So, for those trying to quit, here’s some advice form the American Lung Association.


  1. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the different over-the-counter and prescription medications to help you quit smoking.

  2. Look into the different kinds of self-help options available to smokers. Visit for suggestions.

  3. Take time to plan. Pick your quit date a few weeks ahead of time and mark it on the calendar. If you can, pick a day when life’s extra stresses are not at their peak, such as after the holidays. Mark a day on the calendar and stick to it.

  4. Get some exercise every day. Walking is a great way to reduce the stress of quitting. Exercise is proven to not only combat weight gain but also to improve mood and energy levels.

  5. Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.

  6. Ask family, friends and co-workers for their help and support. Having someone to take a walk with or just listen can give a needed boost.

  7. You don’t have to quit alone. Help is available. Consider joining a stop-smoking program like Freedom From Smoking from the American Lung Association.


My advice? Try, try, try to quit. You are harming yourself and everyone around you. Can’t quit? Cut down! Then quit from there.


Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN


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