Obama: Don't Give Up Your Resolution to Quit Smoking

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It appears the President still struggles with his resolution to quit smoking. Although Obama has been deemed in "excellent health" and "fit for duty" by the White House physician, there is plenty of buzz about the President's first health physical as commander-in-chief.

Each year, millions of Americans resolve to quit smoking, but according to an American Lung Association survey of more than 1,000 former smokers, at least 60% of people were not able to quit smoking on their first try and required multiple attempts.

Helping Americans (and Presidents) quit smoking is a top priority for the Lung Association. “Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life,” according to ALA President Charles D. Connor.

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The Association has recently introduced a new smoking cessation campaign called “The Quitter in You.” The new program is designed to change the way Americans look at smoking cessation by acknowledging that past attempts to quit are not failures or wasted efforts, but steps in the process. The Program offers several tools and resources to help smokers quit smoking once and for all.

Freedom From Smoking® Online – With this online smoking cessation program, each participant develops a personalized step-by-step plan to quit smoking through a positive behavioral change approach. (www.ffsonline.org).
Freedom From Smoking® Group Clinic – This program is offered as a group clinic to help adult smokers work through the problems and process of quitting. Contact 1-800-LUNG-USA to speak with your local Lung Association about participating.
Lung HelpLine – Call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNG-USA to receive smoking cessation counseling and one-on-one support from registered nurses and respiratory therapists.
Reasons to Quit - Every smoker has their own personal reasons for quitting. The main reasons include cost (35% of respondents) and health improvement (33%). Knowing why you want to quit is an important step in the process of quitting. Check out some common reasons people told the Lung Association they quit smoking, and start thinking about your most important reason.
About Smoking – The Lung Association can help you learn about different tobacco products and how they affect both you and the people around you.
Talk To Your Doctor – Your doctor can provide you with support and encouragement, as well as information about medications and counseling that can help you quit smoking.

The American Lung Association also offers the following tips to help smokers in their efforts to quit smoking:

1. It takes most smokers several tries before they can quit for good. So, if you've tried a few times, keep on trying to quit.
2. Exercise to improve your fitness as you quit smoking.
3. Talk to your doctor about the various quit smoking medications available to help you quit.
4. Get rid of all the cigarettes in your home, car, desk or office.
5. Reduce exposure to smoking triggers like: drinks after work or weekend card games.
6. Spend time in nonsmoking places: homes of nonsmoking friends, libraries, theaters, and health clubs.
7. Focus on today. Just get through today without smoking. .
8. Inhale and exhale as if you are really smoking. You will find that you are actually sighing!
9. To reduce stress, get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning.
10. Watch TV in a room where you rarely smoke rather than in your usual spot (not a problem for President Obama, since Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House when she was First Lady)

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