We all know that smoking is bad for us, but making the decision to quit - and sticking with a plan - is a very personal journey and one that often comes with pitfalls and setbacks. The good news is that there are more resources available than ever before - support groups, chat lines and social media outlets are great ways to start the process. Why not make this November 20th the first step in making a change and getting healthy?
Here are some resources to help you along the way:
MUSC Tobacco Treatment Program
MUSC is a national leader in tobacco research and smoking cessation programs. Our team is working to provide better education and cessation resources for all of South Carolina.
American Cancer Society - Quit for Life Program
This Facebook page acts as on online support group for those on the road to being smoke-free.
Helping a Smoker Quit: Do's and Don'ts
If you have a friend or family member who's trying to quit smoking, try and understand how hard it is. These tips can help you draw the line between being helpful and being pushy.
South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
Formed in 2001, the TFC is a group of leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses in South Carolina who are committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in our state. Their goal is to reduce that toll.
Sign up to receive encouraging text message reminders and tips
Quit Smoking Apps
There are several apps to choose from, many offering daily reminders and motivators, cost savings calculators and a running count of your smoke-free days. Exactly how you start your journey to being smoke-free isn't as important as making the decision to start the process.
Remember - talk to your doctor, make a plan and reach out to others for support.