The US Surgeon General has stated, "Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives."
In addition to lung cancer, smoking is also a risk factor for cancers of the mouth, voice box (larynx), throat (pharynx), esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, stomach and some leukemia. We all know quitting is easier said than done and for many of you it may be one of the hardest things you will ever do. You don’t have to do it alone. Make a plan and take advantage of the support available to you. Have you ever heard anyone say they regret quitting?
7 tips to help you quit smoking:
- Make a plan before you quit so you have tools and strategies to fall back on if things get difficult.
- Keep busy! Keep your mouth busy (chew gum), keep your fingers busy (let them fidget with something), keep your body busy (exercise). Try breathing through a straw when you have a craving for a cigarette.
- Avoid triggers that make you want to smoke such as visual triggers, exposure to others smoking, poor nutrition and poor sleep.
- Practice mind-body strategies such as guided visualization, breathing techniques and more. Mind-body counseling services to assist in smoking cessation are available to Goshen Center for Cancer Care patients.
- Help the process with acupuncture. Goshen Center for Cancer Care offers auricular acupuncture (5 needles in each ear for 30 minutes, 3 times weekly), for a small out-of-pocket cost.
- Call Mark Potuck and go to his support group. Beat Tobacco is a support group that meets every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of Goshen Heart & Vascular Center. There is NO COST to participate. Individual education sessions are also available; these require a physician referral and are often covered by insurance. For more information, contact Mark Potuck, MSPH, CTTS, Tobacco Education Specialist, at (574) 364-2587.
- Visit SmokeFree.gov/ for more great strategies, tips and tools.
||Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc, FABNO
Naturopathic Doctor at Goshen Center for Cancer Care