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Resolving to Quit Smoking? County Health Dept. Wants to Help

There will be challenges, but help is available through the Will County Health Department for those who want to quit for good.

Thousands of Illinois residents will resolve to quit smoking during 2012, and many will kick the habit for good.

Smokers wishing to quit should consider several options – stopping gradually or cold turkey, nicotine replacement therapies or other medications, attending classes or calling a Quitline. Once you determine how best to quit, commit to a solid plan and stick to it. There will be challenges, but help is available for those who want to quit for good.

Making a Plan: There are many good reasons for quitting: health, money, family, friends and dozens more. Write down all the reasons quitting is right for you and use the list for motivation when you need a helping hand. It works!

Pick your quitting date a few weeks ahead of time and mark it on your calendar. You may want to consider consulting a physician, especially if you plan to use the nicotine patch or other cessation aids.

As your quit date gets close, you may want to consider cutting back on the amount you smoke.  It may also be helpful to start collecting and removing extra packs of cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays from your home and car.

Getting Support: Friends, family and co-workers can be of help when you are fighting those smoking urges. Think about it—most smokers light up when times are stressful. For additional support, consider a Will County Health Department quit smoking program. You can also use resources available through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES).

The Health Department will be offering the highly effective Freedom From Smoking program at Joliet’s Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11. A second program begins Monday, February 27, at the Crete Public Library. For more information, or to register for a Will County Freedom From Smoking program, telephone 815-727-8769.

Getting Through It: Quitting smoking may produce a variety of symptoms lasting from a couple of days to a few weeks. Symptoms may include: irritability, fatigue, insomnia, a cough or dry throat, and an increased appetite. Hang in there! These symptoms are normal and they will pass.

When cravings for a smoke build, practice the four D’s (Drink water, Delay the cigarette, take Deep breaths and Distract you). If you need to put something in your mouth, try sugarless gum, a flavored toothpick, straw, or hard candy. Remember, keeping busy and regular exercise can also help.

For more information about quitting smoking, visit the Will County Tobacco Control and Prevention page at willcountyhealth.org or call 815-727-8769.

Janine Butcher January 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I had a major problem for about 8 months with insomnia and mouth ulcers. The ulcers went on their own but the insomnia I got some self help tapes to quiet my mind. You can find the same author at http://myreviewforyou.com/sleeping-in-seattle-insomnia-relief-without-medication/, though mine was an older course.
Carrie Frillman January 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank for sharing your stories, guys. I'm sure your experiences will help others who are reading this.
Russ January 04, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Thanks for the info Carrie,if I could just get my Mother in law to quit.
Deb Melchert January 04, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Carrie, you'll be happy to hear that Bob and I quit cold turkey on Dec 10th. Decided to do it for our anniversary and for TJ. So far so good......we haven't even thought about killing each other :-) Seriously, I've tried hypnosis with 0 results, lit up as I walked out and acupuncture. That worked the first time for about 5 years until like I dummy I went back for reasons I still can't explain. Tried the acupuncture a second time with no results. Really shocked that the cravings have been so minimal with the cold turkey method. 3 weeks and counting..........so keep your fingers crossed!
Carrie Frillman January 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Deb, how am I just seeing this comment now?! I must be in a hole. I'm so happy for you and Bob! How are things going with this? (Hopefully well). My fingers are definitely crossed!!

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