Today marks the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society named the third Thursday in November as the Great American Smokeout to encourage Americans to quit smoking or plan to quit smoking.
Whether you’re trying to quit yourself or help a loved one quit, these resources and tips from the American Cancer Society might be able to start you off in the right direction.
Quitting doesn’t have to happen all in one day. It certainly can, but sometimes it takes a plan first. This resource from the American Cancer Society website breaks down what you can do to start planning. This includes writing down the reasons you want to quit, setting a day, and choosing a method to help you quit. The next three resources are those different methods.
This resource is your guide to prescription medicines you can use to quit tobacco use. These medications are recommended for people who have a much higher dependence on tobacco. There are a few main drugs that people commonly use to help quit tobacco. This resource also discusses some of the less common drugs used as well.
Medications aren’t always for everyone, so if you plan on using a non-medicinal method of quitting, this resource provides those for you. Listed is everything from acupuncture to tobacco lozenges to hypnosis to mind-body practices. Not all those listed have been proven to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society highly encourages all smokers to quit using methods that have been proven to work.
This resource explains how nicotine affects the body, and how Nicotine Replacement Therapy has been proven to help with a person’s physical dependence on tobacco. This page also gives details (including the side effects) of the 5 types of FDA-approved NRT products: patches, gum, nasal spray, inhalers, and lozenges.
Before you reach your quitting day, it’s better to be informed about how quitting might affect your mental health. This resource will prepare you for what is to come. It gives information about possible side effects, and how you can help lessen those effects. One of those ways is by using a helpline. This resource gives several numbers you can try, where you can talk to a trained counselor.
All resources come from the American Cancer Society website.