Schneck offers tips to quit smoking


The Tribune staff reports

Smoking remains the most preventable cause of death in the United States.

Tobacco use is the cause of about 1 of 5 deaths in the nation, 1 of 3 cancer-related deaths and 4 of 5 lung cancer deaths.

What does this mean? It means if you quit smoking, it could save your life, according to a news release from Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

During National Quit Smoking Month in December, Schneck and Healthy Jackson County-Decreasing Tobacco Use Workgroup provide these tips to help you kick the habit:

Make the choice for yourself — Only you can decide to quit. Outline the reasons why quitting is important to you and remind yourself of them when you feel like giving in.

Pick a date — Choosing a set date will hold you more accountable to yourself.

Prepare for the day — Do not be naive about quitting “cold turkey.” Prepare for the day by telling your friends and family, getting rid of all smoking-related items in your home, planning substitutes (gum, things to munch on, etc.), deciding on your method of quitting, practicing visualizing yourself saying “no,” finding a support system and being honest with yourself about the physical and mental withdrawals ahead.

Kick it for good — Quitting for life is no easy feat. The biggest tip is willpower and determination. Keep at it every day, remind yourself why you quit, continue to get support, be realistic and do not give up if you slip and start smoking again. You can always quit.

The journey to quit smoking can be difficult, but you do not have to do it alone. Schneck and the Jackson County Health Department offer a free smoking cessation program. To learn more, call 812-522-0401 or 812-522-6474.

Counseling and support also are available at and via phone, text, online and in person. Or call 800-QUIT-NOW and 800-ACS-2345 for toll-free support.

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