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Tips to become a former smoker

Feb 13, 2019

Changing one behavior —tobacco use — can greatly improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

And many of those with this habit would like to stop: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 7 in 10 want to quit.

But a formidable opponent stands in your way: Nicotine, which is highly addictive and perhaps as hard to quit as heroin or cocaine.

It’s important to remember that quitting tobacco is a journey. If you’ve attempted to quit without success, keep at it. Some suggestions to improve your odds:

  • Try different cessation methods. Support groups, counseling and web-based program or apps are just a few of the proven ways to quit. If one doesn’t work for you, try another!
  • Consider using nicotine replacement therapy. This small amount of nicotine helps satisfy your craving for nicotine and reduces the urge to use tobacco.

Look at ways to decrease stress in your life, as well as other things that may trigger you to use tobacco.
 
As Interact for Health looks to improve the health of our region, we’re focusing our efforts on reducing tobacco use. We’re supporting policies, systems and environmental changes that lower the illness, premature death, loss of productivity and health care costs associated with tobacco use.

If you or someone you know is ready to quit, get connected to cessation resources. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit smokefree.gov.

Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department.

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