If you’ve tried to quit smoking on your own, you know how hard it can be, because nicotine is extremely addictive. Studies show you have a better chance of success if you have help. Citizens Memorial Healthcare offers some suggestions for support:
- Join a support group. Without some type of program, 95 percent of quitters fail, according to the Foundation for a Smokefree America. CMH offers Smoking Cessation Classes for free, sponsored by CMH Cardiac Rehab.
- Tell your family, friends and coworkers that you’re going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you.
- Talk to your health care provider or a smoking counselor.
- Get individual, group or telephone counseling. The more counseling you have, the better your chances are of quitting.
For more smoking cessation support, contact Anne Bristow, RRT, CMH Cardiac Rehab, at 417-328-6574. The Smoking Cessation Classes are held for six Mondays at CMH Cardiac Rehab, 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar.