FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ A Smokin' Resolution /
In the 50s, 60s and 70s, you werenít really LUCKY
if you didnít have one of these brands slipped
between your fingers as you lifted your martini
(shaken, not stirred) to your mouth in a
smoke-filled lounge. And if your coughing did
not keep you from riding PALL MALL across MARLBORO
country, seeing the smoke curl up under your cowboy
hat was really KOOL. At least, that is what the mass
media was trying to tell you.
I remember that my dad was never too far from his
pack of KENT cigarettes and EVEN after his cancer
diagnosis in 1990, he found it extremely difficult
to quit. I assure you, it is extremely
difficult for a smoker to quit. One challenge
we have as family members of smokers is to
comprehend how really difficult it is to kick the
Therefore, I am happy to share the following
information from the American Lung Association to
help us help our loved ones (and maybe ourselves)
kick the habit.
Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2014
- Learn from past
experiences. Most smokers have tried to quit in the
past and sometimes people get discouraged thinking
about previous attempts. Those experiences were
necessary steps on the road to future success. Think
about what helped you during those tries and what
youíll do differently in your next quit attempt.
- You donít have to
quit alone. Telling friends that youíre trying to
quit and enlisting their support will help ease the
process. Expert help is available from the American
Lung Association and other groups. Friends who also
smoke may even join you in trying to quit!
- Medication can help
if you know what to do. The seven FDA-approved
medications (like nicotine patches or gum) really do
help smokers quit. Most folks donít use them
correctly, so be sure to follow the directions!
- Itís never too late
to quit. While it is best to quit smoking as early
as possible, quitting smoking at any age will
enhance the length and quality of your life. Youíll
also save money and avoid the hassle of going
outside in the cold to smoke.
- Every smoker can
quit. At the American Lung Association, we firmly
believe that every smoker can quit. Each person
needs to find the right combination of techniques
for them and, above all, they need to keep trying.
American Lung Association
If you and/or your loved one can quit smoking in
2014, then You've Come a Long Way, Baby towards
increasing your health and well-being.