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A Smokiní 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 habit.
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

Gary Barg

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