American Smokeout: On the third Thursday of every November, people all over the world come together to celebrate and strive toward a healthier, tobacco-free environment.
There are many strategies to help end tobacco use, including stopping smoking oneself or encouraging a friend to do so.
November 17th Is The Great American Smokeout
Even though the number of people who smoke in the United States has decreased over the past few decades, 34 million people still light up every day. There is no greater single preventable killer than tobacco usage. Cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products like chew and dip all raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes.
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The use of electronic cigarettes, which are gaining popularity among young people, can have detrimental effects on cognitive function, including attention, memory, and brain development, as well as lung tissue. The best thing you can do for your health is to stop using these items.
The act of quitting takes several forms. Planning your quit in a way that makes sense to you is essential. Some people are able to quit on their own by going “cold turkey,” but if you need help, there are several free options accessible to you. These are some nice jumping-off points:
Communicate with your doctor about: In order to quit smoking, your healthcare practitioner can help you develop a quit plan, refer you to extra services, and even prescribe medicine to alleviate nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Most health insurance policies will pay for help quitting smoking.
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Create a network of support by telling loved ones and friends about your decision to quit and what they can do to help. You can seek help at no cost by calling a hotline, sending a text message, or visiting a website.
Call the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) for assistance with quitting tobacco use. People who qualify can get nicotine patches or gum, as well as free phone counseling, materials in the mail, and access to the internet. Those living in Oregon who are 13 and above are welcome to join.
SmokefreeTXT is a free service that sends encouraging text messages to people who want to quit smoking. Send the word “END” to 47848 to begin.
You can control your cravings and maintain your motivation using the free smartphone applications QuitSTART and QuitGuide. Obtain them from the app store for your mobile device.
Here at Quitting, we’ve designed a free messaging service for young people who want to kick the habit of vaping. Send the word “DITCHVAPE” to the number 88709 to quit smoking.
Identify your motivation for leaving: If you’re having trouble staying motivated when cravings strike, writing out the reasons why you want to quit (such as health, money, or family) will assist.
You can get past intense cravings by planning activities like walking, drinking water, and deep breathing exercises. The worst symptoms should subside within a few weeks if you plan ahead and know your triggers for these activities.
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Hold on, and here are some things to try: For most people, quitting is an ongoing process that requires multiple efforts. If you relapse, remind yourself that you are still closer to a life without tobacco than you were before.
Tillamook County Community Health Center’s Tobacco Prevention Coordinator is Amy McVeety. You can call her at (503) 842-3900.
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