We talk a good game about vascular health and lung screenings… however, we realize that for many the difficulties of winning the war against tobacco are not easy. We can say “quit smoking”, but without offering suggestions for help in the fight, the words can seem hollow (and more than a little naggy!).
The great news is this: many tools and systems exist to help pave the way to tobacco-free healthier lungs and bodies. From mobile phone apps (many of which are free!), to encouraging support groups to some basic tips and tricks, help is just around the corner, or in the palm of your hand.
- SmokeFree Teen is available for the younger set - not starting is MUCH easier than quitting, and quitting is easier when the addiction is still young.
- QuitSTART is available on Android and for the iPhone.
- SmokeFreeTXT was created by the National Cancer Institute and uses text messages which pop up anytime, day or night. Additionally, the NCI has created a “Live Help” chat service to interact with as well. Chat here.
- And, if you’re old-school and prefer to reach out for help on the phone, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is there for you too!
- Don’t forget your doctor - your physician can help you determine which is the best quitting strategy for you - including whether medications might be of help.
The most important step is the hardest first step deciding now is the time to take action. So, make the step, set a date for quitting - today is always good!- and know that the benefits begin immediately. Within hours your carbon monoxide levels drop and within a day your risk of heart attack decreases!
Whatever your method for prying yourself away from the pack, we’d be happy to hear about your success! Please share your successes with us on Twitter: @dic_kc! Best of luck and here’s to your best possible health!
Originally published 7/7/14 on diagnosticimagingcenterskc.com.