If you smoke, quitting could in fact be the best choice you could make in your lifetime. Quitting will improve your overall health and well-being and Worcester's Regional Tobacco Control Collaborative can help make that decision a little easier.
You will live longer and feel better. Quitting will lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke or cancer. The people you live with, especially children, will be healthier. If you are pregnant, you will improve your chances of having a healthy baby. And you will have extra money to spend on things other than cigarettes.
You should set a quit date - the day when you will break free of your tobacco addiction. Then, consider visiting your doctor or other heath care provider before the quit date. She or he can help by providing practical advice and information on the medication that is best for you.
Many smokers gain weight when they quit, but it is usually less than 10 pounds. Eat a healthy diet, stay active, and try not to let weight gain distract you from you main goal - quitting smoking. Some of the medications available to help you quit may help delay weight gain.
Remember that most people have to try to quit at least 2 or 3 times before then are successful. Review your past attempts to quit. Think about what worked - and what did not - and try to use your most successful strategies again.
Get individual, group, or telephone counseling. The more counseling you get, the better your chances are of quitting for good. Programs are given at local hospitals and health centers. Call your local health department of information about programs in your area. Also, talk with your doctor or other health care provider.