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It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been smoking or how often. Quitting now can seriously improve your health almost immediately. And there are so many obvious reasons to quit smoking not just for your health, but also for those you love and who love you. It’s not just the secondhand smoke that can harm those around you; your family loves you and wants you to be healthy. 

Save $5,000-$7,000 Per Year When You Quit Smoking

Have you considered putting the money you would be spending on cigarettes in savings instead? Imagine the vacation you’ll go on with the money you’ll save when you don’t waste your hard-earned money on cigarettes.

Smokeless Tobacco Users: We Want You To Quit Too!

Smokeless tobacco users, you’re not off the hook. Many of the same concerns and conditions affect users of chew, dip or pouch tobacco too. (There are slightly higher instances of mouth cancer in smokeless tobacco users.) Quitting now will have the same amount of positive effects as quitting smoking will.

Good news: Smoking-related Cancer and Health Conditions are Preventable

Decide to stop smoking today. It’s not going to be easy. But there is plenty of support. Every day is another chance to start over and quit for good.

Support To Quit Smoking is Available

There is support available to quit smoking from online support groups to employer-sponsored cessation programs. And then there are your family and friends—they’ll be your biggest cheerleaders. Talk with your doctor. There is no one program fits all.

Maybe you’ll have to go cold turkey. Or maybe you prefer the assistance of nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. Whatever method works for you, the goal is still the same: quitting.

No more sneaking off to hide your secret or riding out that uncontrollable coughing fit—today’s the day.

And here’s something to celebrate your decision: November 19, 2015 is the Great American SmokeOut. Make a commitment to your health and your future. It’s a great time to be a joiner AND a quitter.

There is Help

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake has several resources and tips to help you stop smoking. Visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/StopSmoking. Call 866-764-3627 today and request your free copy of "Facts About How You Can Stop Smoking" published by the American Lung Association. 

The Best Quit Smoking Tips

  • Find Your Reason: To get motivated, you need a powerful, personal reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke. 
  • Prepare Before You Go “Cold Turkey”: Consider Nicotine-Replacement Therapy There’s more to it than just tossing your cigarettes out. Smoking is an addiction. The brain is hooked on nicotine.
  • Learn About Prescription Pills: Medicines can curb cravings and may also make smoking less satisfying if you do pick up a cigarette.
  • Lean on Your Loved Ones: Tell your friends, family, and other people you’re close to that you’re trying to quit. They can encourage you to keep going, especially when you’re tempted to light up. 
  • Give Yourself a Break: One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, you’ll need new ways to unwind. 
  • Avoid Alcohol and Other Triggers: When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit.
  • Clean House: Once you’ve smoked your last cigarette, toss all of your ashtrays and lighters. 
  • Try and Try Again: Many people try several times before giving up cigarettes for good. If you light up, don’t get discouraged. 
  • Get Moving: Being active can curb nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. 
  • Eat Fruits and Veggies: Don’t try to diet while you give up cigarettes. 
  • Choose Your Reward: In addition to all the health benefits, one of the perks of giving up cigarettes is all the money you will save. 
  • Remember That Time Is on Your Side: As soon as you quit, you start to get immediate health benefits. After only 20 minutes, your heart rate drops. 

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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