Double Your Chances of Quitting Successfully with This Smoking Cessation Program

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New Smoking Cessation Program by FDA

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, resulting in an estimated 480,000 deaths every year. Here’s how you can double your chances of quitting successfully and not become part of this avoidable statistic.

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A recent news release from the FDA announces the start of a new smoking cessation program called “Every Try Counts.” According to the FDA, nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to stop. However, many wanting to kick their smoking habit too often get discouraged and stop trying the first time they give in to their smoking urges. But according to the FDA’s new smoking cessation program at EveryTryCounts.gov, you can find the motivation you need by realizing that every time you put out a cigarette is a new chance to try quitting again that could eventually lead to success—especially by using an FDA-approved cessation medicine that research shows can double your chances of quitting.

Here’s a motivational video from the FDA on their new anti-smoking program:

FDA’s Top Tips for Stopping Smoking

Here’s a summary of tips that the FDA recommends for helping you to quit smoking:

1. Know your reasons for quitting—Writing down your motivations for wanting to quit smoking can be an effective tool for keeping you on track. Whether it be to prevent a loved one from being exposed to your secondhand smoke, save money, avoid dying at an early age from lung cancer, reducing your chances of having heart disease, a stroke, emphysema, and other serious diseases, being clear on exactly why you really want to quit smoking increases your chances of success.

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2. Be kind to yourself—Understand that nicotine is a highly addictive chemical and because your body is used to it, you will go through symptoms of withdrawal (like cravings, trouble sleeping, and anxiety) when you try to stop. The good news, however, is that those withdrawal symptoms do stop as your body readjusts to being nicotine-free. And just as importantly, understand that it may take a few tries before you’re successful. So don’t be overly discouraged and hard on yourself for every setback--studies show that previous quit attempts can lead to more attempts in the future, and that it often takes multiple attempts to successfully quit smoking long-term.

3. Know that FDA-approved products can help you quit
—According to the FDA, you don’t have to quit all on your own; you can try any number of FDA-approved smoking cessation products such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which supplies controlled amounts of nicotine, that can help you quit by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Currently, the FDA has approved two types of prescription NRT products (a nicotine nasal spray and nicotine inhaler), and three types of over-the-counter nicotine products (a gum, transdermal patch, and lozenges). There are also non-nicotine prescription drug products available to you through health care professionals who can prescribe what you need to stop smoking.

4. Take advantage of other free resources—Check out the FDA’s new campaign at EveryTryCounts.gov to find more support that can provide free mobile phone anti-smoking apps, free access to trained smoking cessation coaches to talk to online or by phone, and other free resources to help you quit as often as you need until you successfully kick the habit. Just remember—when you try to quit, every try counts.

If you have successfully stopped smoking, please share in the comments section below what you did that helped you finally quit your smoking habit for good.

Reference: FDA.gov Consumer Update “4 Tips to Quit Smoking”

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