Studies suggest that everyone can quit smoking. Your situation or condition can give you a special reason to quit:
*Pregnant women/new mothers: By quitting, you protect your baby’s health and your own.
*Hospitalized patients: By quitting, you reduce health problems and help healing.
*Heart attack patients: By quitting, you reduce your risk of a second heart attack.
*Lung, head, and neck cancer patients: By quitting, you reduce your chances of a second cancer.
*Parents of children and adolescents: By quitting, you protect your children and adolescents from illnesses caused by second-hand smoke.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE ASKING YOURSELF
Think about the following questions before you try to stop smoking. You may want to talk about your answers with your health care provider and family. Try to answer these questions as honestly as possible.
*Why do you want to quit?
*When you tried to quit in the past, what helped and what didn’t?
*What will be the most difficult situations for you after you quit? How will you plan to handle them?
*Who can help you through the tough times? Your family? Friends? Health care provider?
*What pleasures do you get from smoking? In what ways can you still get pleasure if you quit?
WHAT TO ASK YOUR FAMILY
Here are some questions to ask your health care provider and your family:
*How can you help me to be successful at quitting?
*What medication do you think would be best for me and how should I take it?
*What should I do if I need more help?
*What is smoking withdrawal like? How can I get information on withdrawal?
Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can quit smoking