Almost everyone knows smoking is bad for you. It’s become a widely known fact that smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer.
Because of how addictive it is, it can be incredibly difficult to stop smoking. That’s why the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to stop – even if only for a day – with the Great American Smokeout.
November 21, 2019: The Great American Smokeout
The Great American Smokeout is on the third Thursday of November every year. On that day, all smokers throughout the country are encouraged to stop smoking for that day.
Even quitting for one day can be helpful. The idea behind it is that by not smoking for a day, some smokers will decide to stop smoking altogether. One day without cigarettes can jumpstart an effort to quit altogether.
Getting Ready to Quit
If you’re a smoker and you’re trying to quit, these 4 tips can help:
- Save the date – Have a date in mind to quit smoking. This can help to mentally prepare you to quit and can help motivate you. It’s why the Great American Smokeout is such a success: It gives smokers a date to quit. This year it’s Thursday, November 21, 2019.
- Tell everyone your plan – Tell everyone in your life you’re preparing to quit smoking. The loved ones in your life will provide you with emotional and moral support which can help motivate you even more. If you tell them the date you’re going to quit, you’ll be more likely to follow through.
- Be prepared for the challenge – Quitting is tough! Figure out a few ways to cope with the urges you will feel. Plan to:
- Contact a friend
- Drink water
- Find a support group online
- Make yourself a goody bag with gum, gummies, hard candies, etc.
- Play games
- Remove all cigarettes – Get rid of cigarettes and smoking-related items from your home, your car, and your workplace. Out of sight; out of mind.