Very few habits are as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products. Studies have shown these habits contribute to heart disease, as well as lung and other forms of cancer.

Quitting smoking or tobacco use is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Most people who quit live longer and feel healthier, even if they've smoked or used tobacco for many years. Even people with serious health problems from smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema, will experience health benefits from quitting.

Quitting smoking and tobacco improves your:

  • Quality of life
  • Health
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Lung function
  • Sense of taste
  • Sense of smell

Quitting smoking and tobacco decreases your risk of developing:

  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Oral health problems
  • Various types of cancer

There are many reasons to quit smoking and tobacco, but if you've ever tried to quit, you know how hard it can be. Don't give up!

The Southeastern Med Wellness Department offers FREE Quit Smoking/Tobacco Coaching that uses well-researched techniques to help you kick the habit for good. Coaching consists of two sessions that are offered once a month. All classes are held at Southeastern Med and are open to the public.

For dates, times, or to register call Wellness Resources at 740-435-2946.


Tips for Quitting

Remove Temptation

  • Get rid of your cigarettes or tobacco products
  • Throw out smoking reminders, including ashtrays, matches and lighters
  • Schedule a day as busy or stress-free as you can make it
  • Avoid situations where the urge to smoke is strong

Seek Support

  • Talk with former smokers about how they quit
  • Tell a friend, family member or co-worker about your plan to quit
  • Find a support group for former smokers in your community

Change Your Routine

  • Drink a glass of water instead of lighting up
  • Take a different route to work
  • Don't sit in your favorite smoking chair or spot
  • Keep busy and avoid idle time
  • Stay in non-smoking areas
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat in a different place

Coping with Withdrawal

  • Know that urges don't last and will go away soon
  • Talk with your doctor about medications that can ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Brush your teeth instead of smoking
  • Keep your hands busy
  • Think about the negative aspects of smoking
  • Leave the scene for a few minutes when you get an urge
  • Think about an enjoyable activity or a relaxing place to take your mind off the urge
  • Call someone to talk about your feelings
  • Exercise

Change Your Way of Thinking

  • Take it one day, one hour, even one urge at a time
  • Know that just one cigarette will undo all of your hard work
  • Remind yourself of the benefits of quitting
  • Review your progress
  • Give yourself positive messages and rewards
  • Realize that you're gaining control