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According to the American Cancer Society, Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Despite that, about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

Today happens to be the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. On the third Thursday of every November, the ACS encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking for good. In an effort to encourage this understandably daunting task, we want to offer the following tips to help you quit.

7 Tips to Help You Quit

  1. Make a list of the reasons you want to quit and review them daily.
  2. Pick a date to quit and stick to it.
  3. Ask family and friends for support.
  4. Plan to combat your triggers and try to stay away from others who smoke.
  5. Find a healthy habit to start up when you quit, such as exercising.
  6. Take it one day at a time.
  7. Reward yourself in a healthy way for quitting.

Benefits to Quitting

  • You will save money.
  • You will have fewer coughs and colds.
  • You cut your risk for cancer, lung disease and heart disease.
  • Your breath, hair and clothes smell better.

Dana R. Keesey, PT
Director of Rehabilitation, Community Wellness, Neurodiagnostic Services, and Stroke& Oncology Service Lines at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

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