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The 10 Best Resources to Help You Quit Smoking

The health benefits of quitting are just too substantial to ignore.  With that in mind, let’s explore 10 of the best resources that you can use to help you quit smoking for good.  All the effort and time that you spend in quitting will certainly be time well spent!

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1) Your Doctor

Once upon a time, doctors told their patients that they should smoke.  In fact, at one time, doctors even promoted smoking on television!  Thankfully, those days are now long past, and smoking is only promoted via characters on television and in the movies instead.  Today, your doctor’s opinion on the topic of smoking is more trustworthy and you can use him or her to find additional support to quit.

2) The American Heart Association

Smoking is very bad for your heart.  It should come as no surprise that the American Heart Association has a lot of information on its website to help you learn more about how to stop smoking.  The site is particularly good in terms of helping you get motivated and stay that way!  Check out their site to learn more.

3) The American Lung Association

Of course, smoking is also extremely damaging for lung health and so The American Lung Association has a variety of advice.  Their website has a good deal of information.  Visit www.lung.org to learn more.

4) Freedom From Smoking

Freedom From Smoking is a step-by-step plan to help smokers stop.  The program is designed of different modules and lessons that are available online.  Click here to learn more about the Freedom From Smoking program.

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5) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thanks to the CDC, you can easily find a variety of useful tips designed to help you stop smoking.  This includes five tips to stop smoking as well as tips from smokers who successfully stopped.

6) Find an Expert

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were experts out there that could help you quit smoking?  The good news is that there are experts who know what it takes to help you quit smoking.  Smokefree.gov can help you talk to an expert so that you can quit smoking!  Their help includes live chats and phone calls with specially trained smoking cessation counselors.

7) Participate in a Clinical Study

There are clinical studies around the world designed to help people quit smoking.  Simply type “smoking” into the search box, and you’ll find a variety of studies that are actively recruiting candidates.  Visit www.clinicaltrials.gov to learn more.

8) Consider Using Electronic Cigarettes

Many smokers are unaware of the opportunity to use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to stop smoking.  This product was invented in China and the modern version that is now commonly used only became introduced to the US market in 2008.   E-cigarettes are electronic inhalers that have a liquid solution that vaporizes into a mist, thereby resembling the act of smoking.  Users are able to effectively use e-cigarettes to quit by determining that amount of nicotine they inhale.  Various organizations support electronic cigarettes including the AAPHP.  Recent studies including one by Boston University School of Public Health have concluded that they indeed can help break a smoking habit.

9) Friends and Relatives That Successfully Quit

While different tips work for different people, it is smart to at least inquire with your friends and relatives as to what worked for them and why.  You may discover some great information that you hadn’t thought of by simply asking.

10) You!

Perhaps the best resource you have for learning how to stop smoking is you!  By actively seeking out information and asking questions for experts, you can dramatically increase your chances of success.  Just remember what is at stake and keep seeking out effective ways to end your days of smoking.

Lindsay has been a health writer since 2002. As a member of Tobacco Free Kids, International Women's Association, she specializes in smoking cessation with the use of electronic cigarettes and meditation.

4 Comments

  1. Depranx

    May 4, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I have been smoking for over 15 years now and I have tried numerous times to quit. I was once successful for 2 years but I ended up failing back to smoking again. It’s just horrible that to most doctors try to help you with quitting smoking by prescribing other drugs which in turn will get you addicted to them as well.

  2. Lindsay Fox

    May 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    That’s a very interesting app. Definitely something to try!

    BecomeAnEX.org is also a helpful site. Thanks for sharing. Any other recommendations?

  3. John Madden

    May 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    “Once upon a time, doctors told their patients that they should smoke.”

    Once upon a time doctors also prescribed LSD for depression ;) I like how there is no mention of nicotine replacement therapy on this list. I tried both the gum and patch to no avail. The only thing that worked for me was an e-cig, as it handled the cravings I would get around other smokers.

  4. Legacy (@LegacyForHealth)

    May 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Check out UbiQuitous, it’s the only quit smoking Facebook app and is full of tools proven to help smokers quit. Find the app online at http://apps.facebook.com/quitlab.

    BecomeAnEX.org is also a free online quit program, created by Legacy with input from current and former smokers. The site provides a free online quit plan and has an online community of quitters that can help any smoker start on the right path by offering action-oriented information on how to quit successfully.

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