Tips to Keep Going After “World Quit Day”

Quit smokingSo you’ve decided to quit smoking? Congratulations!

Taking part in “World Quit Day” will help you improve your overall level of health, and save money as well. But quitting isn’t so easy. Once you’ve made it through the first 24 hours without a cigarette, you need to do it again – and again and again – to break the habit.

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Three Tips for Kidney Health

Kidney HealthMarch is National Kidney Month and it’s the perfect time to remind yourself of things you can do to keep these hard-working organs healthy all year round. There are steps you can take to look after your health that will benefit your kidneys, too.

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You’ve Quit — What’s Next?

Quitting smokingCongratulations — you made the decision to improve your overall health and happiness when you chose to quit smoking.

Giving up cigarettes can be a goal that’s hard to follow through with in the beginning, but if you keep focused on the long-term gains and your reasons for quitting, it can help make the transition period much easier. Whether this is your first attempt to quit or your tenth, you’ll find it’s much easier if you think about the positive outcomes instead of your current struggle.

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Smokeless Tobacco Products

Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless Tobacco Products

Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It comes in many forms, including:

  • Chewing tobacco, which is placed between the cheek and gums
  • Snuff, which can be sniffed if dried
  • Dip, moist snuff used like chewing tobacco
  • Snus, a small pouch of moist snuff
  • Dissolvable products, including lozenges, orbs, sticks, and strips

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Is It Time? Tips For Quitting Smoking Now

Quit Smoking NowThe Great American Smokeout takes place on the 3rd Thursday of November each year. On this date, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit smoking to reduce the risk of lung cancer and other diseases.

If you’re a smoker, or know one, the Great American Smokeout is a great way to kick the habit. Even if you quit for just one day, you’ll be on the road to better health.

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How to Quit: Talk to Your Doctor About Getting Help

Quit SmokingHow to Quit: Talk to Your Doctor About Getting Help

Quitting “cold turkey” isn’t your only choice. Talk to your doctor about other ways to quit. Most doctors can answer your questions, give advice, and suggest medicine to help with withdrawal. Some of these medicines you can buy on your own. For others, you need a prescription.

Your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist can also point you to places to find support. If you cannot see your doctor, you can get some medicines without a prescription that can help you quit smoking. Go to your local pharmacy or grocery store for over-the-counter medicines like the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, or nicotine lozenge. Read the instructions to see if the medicine is right for you. If you’re not sure, ask a pharmacist.  Find more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Talking to Your Doctor About Getting Help to Quit.

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Secondhand Smoke and Your Health

What is secondhand smoke?

Quit SmokingSecondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by smokers. You can be exposed to secondhand smoke in homes, cars, the workplace, and public places, such as bars, restaurants, and recreational settings.

In the United States, the source of most secondhand smoke is cigarettes, followed by pipes, cigars, and other tobacco products. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of the chemicals are toxic and about 70 are known to cause cancer.

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