(BLOOMINGTON) – The holiday season looks a little different in 2020, but the New Year is here, and it’s a great time for fresh starts.
“If you’re someone who uses tobacco, the best thing you can do for your health this year is to make a quit plan,” said IU Health Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Patricia Colon, MPH, CHES¬Æ. “Deciding to quit in 2021 can dramatically reduce your risk for life-threatening diseases and even make holiday meals taste better.”
Making quit plans may increase a person’s likelihood of accomplishing their goal of tobacco cessation since they:
- Combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident, and motivated to quit
- Help identify challenges you will face as you stop and ways to overcome them
- Can improve your chances of quitting smoking for good
Call 1.800.Quit.Now to get help from a trained quit coach and get started on your plan.
People interested in smoking cessation are also encouraged to visit SmokeFree.gov. The site has helpful tips for quitting and lists the following steps for having a successful quit plan:
- Pick a quit date
- Let loved ones know you are quitting
- Remove reminders of smoking
- Identify your reasons to quit smoking
- Identify your smoking triggers
- Develop coping strategies
- Have places you can turn to for immediate help
- Set up rewards for Quit Milestones
Start 2021 on the right track by focusing on your health through tobacco cessation. Free, confidential help is available at 1.800.Quit.Now or QuitNowIndiana.com.