29% of men and 21% of women ages 18 - 29 are smokers. Many are unaware of the horrible consequences of smoking: cancer, emphysema and death.

97.    If you smoke now, quit now.  The longer you smoke, the harder it will be to break the habit.

 

98.    Watch your social setting.  Being around smokers is a bad idea when you want to quit.  Surround yourself with non-smokers and it will be easier to say “no” to your cravings.

 

99.    Get some exercise.  Physical activity can ease symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and help you focus on a healthier lifestyle.

 

100.    Get help when you decide to stop smoking.  95% of people who “go cold turkey” fail, so talk to your doctor and ask for back-up.

 

101.    Tell your friends and family your goals.  A great support system will be a big plus when cravings get tough.

 

102.    Stock up on healthy snacks. Fruits, veggies, and some dairy products worsen the taste of cigarettes.

 

103.    Know your triggers.  Do you want a cigarette when you drink?  Avoid alcohol.  Always smoke after meals?  Try chewing gum or popping mints instead.

 

104.    Don’t assume that if you fail once you can’t do it.  Lots of smokers try multiple times before they successfully quit.  Try again even if your quitting “didn’t take” the first time.

 

Note that the above tips are general guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice or knowledge of a physician or healthcare professional.  Seek out expert advice and help if you have questions or concerns about your health.


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