Tobacco use increases the risk of certain cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, colorectal, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, ovary and myeloid leukemia. Exposure to secondhand smoke also increases the risk of lung cancer in adults.
The US Surgeon General has said that quitting smoking “…represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”
There is help available to help you quit.
Studies show that a support system can DOUBLE your chance of success.
Check out these free programs below and get quitting today!
National NCI Quitline
The National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline offers free telephone counseling by trained Smoking cessation counselors. Services are offered in both English and Spanish. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, EST.
Each state offers a free quit line. To locate yours, call (877) 784–8669.
Free Mobile Apps
Help right from your smartphone!
MyQuit Coach (iPhone): This free app lets you design your own personalized plan to quit smoking and sends inspirational photos, motivational tips, progress charts, and achievement badges as you progress. Free. (Developed by Demand Media, Inc. for LIVESTRONG)
QuitGuide (iPhone): Helps track cravings to keep you focused and on track for success. Complete with journal and daily inspiration, this app can help you stay smoke free. (Developed by MMG, Inc. for smokefree.gov)
SmokefreeTXT: This free* mobile service designed for teens provides text messages with encouragement, advice, and tips to quit smoking. (*free, but text message rates may apply) (Developed by the National Cancer Institute)
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death, resulting in over 400,000 deaths annually from diseases such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer. And even though tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S., an estimated 43.4 million American adults—almost 20% of the population—still smoke. Quitting is hard but there’s free help available. Click on the help above today and get quitting!
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs.” – Anthony Robbins
The American Cancer Society also shares some great ideas for a healthier lifestyle on their website. Do you have tips that helped you quit smoking? Please let our readers know what worked for you. Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.