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Five tips for quitting your smoking habit in 2008

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” It’s time to start thinking of resolutions for the New Year ” something that for thousands of tobacco users across the state may mean quitting.

So, for any one pondering this resolution, the Summit Prevention Alliance came up with its top five tips to help people quit.

“We know it’s difficult to quit, but we also know that large majority of smokers want to quit,” Susan Cox, prevention coordinator at Summit Prevention Alliance, said in a press release. “With the free nicotine patches and coaching services of the Colorado QuitLine, this is the year to make that resolution happen.”

Also, despite popular misperceptions, the patches do not cause cancer, Cox continued, adding that they are safe, effective and lessen cravings for tobacco.

Some of the benefits of quitting smoking include potentially saving more than $1,000 a year and the body starts to heal right away. In fact, according to various studies, 20 minutes after quitting heart rate and blood pressure drop, 12 hours after carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and within a year the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

Here are the Summit Prevention Alliance’s top five tips to help smokers quit.

– Set a quit date and call the Colorado QuitLine, 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Services are available in English and Spanish.

– Enlist family, friends and co-workers in your quit plan. Ask for encouragement and that they not smoke or chew around you.

– Write down goals. Then tape them to doors, mirrors, refrigerators and car to remind you why you are quitting and help keep you motivated. This list could include what you will buy with the money you are saving, which for a pack-a-day smokers means about $1,500 a year.

– Throw away all tobacco products including packs, ashtrays, lighters and items with tobacco logos.

– Go for a walk outside each day. Exercise will lower your stress, increase your endurance and help you maintain your weight during the quitting process.

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