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For more information about quitting smoking and how to access the Freedom From Smoking cessation program, visit Lung.org/ffs or call the free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872.

CHEYENNE – One of the most popular resolutions at the beginning of each year is the desire to quit smoking, with more than 70% of smokers reporting they want to quit. The American Lung Association noted that smoking is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19, which makes 2021 an even more opportune time to begin the journey to quitting once and for all.

With the help of the American Lung Association, more than a million people have achieved success with their goal to quit smoking, according to a press release. The association shared the following five tips for those looking to quit smoking:

— Utilize a plan that is proven to be both safe and effective in helping you quit for good. The American Lung Association said despite what Juul and other e-cigarette companies want you to believe, switching to vaping or e-cigarettes is not quitting smoking. E-cigarettes are tobacco products, they contain nicotine, and FDA has not approved any e-cigarette as a quit smoking device.

— Learn from past experiences. Most smokers have tried to quit before, and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. Instead, treat those experiences as steps on the road to future success.

“Think about what helped you during those tries and what you’ll do differently in your next quit attempt,” the press release said.

— You don’t have to quit alone. Enrolling in a tobacco counseling program, such as American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking, can increase your chances of success by up to 60% when used in combination with medication.

— Talk to a doctor about quit smoking medications. Working with a doctor can significantly increase the chances of quitting successfully. There are seven FDA-approved quit smoking medications that can help you quit.

“Just make sure to follow the directions and use them for the full duration they are prescribed,” the release said.

— Every smoker can quit. Find the right combination of techniques for you and above all, keep trying. Slip-ups – having a puff or smoking one or two cigarettes – are common but don’t mean that a quitter has failed.

“The important thing is to keep trying to quit,” the ALA press release said.

The American Lung Association offers tools, tips and support.

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for people, when they’re ready, to find the proven quit smoking support they need,” said American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “Quitting smoking will immediately improve your health and might also decrease your odds of severe illness from COVID-19. It’s the perfect way to set yourself up for a healthy new year and healthy years to come.”

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