Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. You will live a longer, healthier life. It will be time well spent with the people you love – your family and friends.
On Nov 17, the UTMB Commit to Quit Program was at Café on the Court (in John Sealy Hospital on the UTMB Galveston campus) to celebrate the Great American Smokeout and support those individuals taking a step to stamp out their cigarettes.
While the event has passed, UTMB staff are still available to provide quit smoking self-help material and tobacco awareness information.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Smoking causes:
Many beneficial changes start right after you quit.
Start by thinking about why you want to quit. This will help you find the right quitting strategies. Here are some things you can try to help you quit:
Your body begins to heal as soon as you quit smoking. You will breathe more easily. Your senses of taste and smell will get better. You will have more energy. Your lungs will become stronger, making it easier for you to be active. Your stuffy nose and cough will go away.
Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life. After you quit smoking:
Plus, quitting smoking will save you a lot of cash. Use this savings calculator to see how much money you can save after you quit.
While millions of smokers try to quit each year, only about 1 in 4 people use proven treatments in the quit attempt. Proven cessation treatments can double or triple a smoker’s chance of successfully quitting.
To give smokers easy-to-understand information on the most commonly used cessation methods, the National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative created What Works? A Guide to Quit Smoking Methods. The guide offers a visually appealing and easy-to-read format to give smokers accurate information on the most effective quit smoking treatments.
Follow these steps to quit:
1. Talk with your doctor about techniques and medicines to help you quit. Schedule an appointment today to see your primary care provider.
2. Circle a quit date on your calendar.
3. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and to set up your quit plan.
4. Find out more about UTMB's Commit to Quit Program
5. Make small changes, like:
UTMB Commit to Quit Program
(available to UTMB employees and members of area communities)