Be a Quitter!

With the leaves beginning to change color, many of us look forward to the return to routine that often accompanies autumn.  This may be a good time to give quitting smoking another try!  Below are some great tips and resources to help you to “be a quitter!”

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Tobacco Cessation

Are you one of the millions of Americans who use tobacco? Whether it’s cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vapes, cigars, pipes, snuff, or chew, tobacco in any form is not safe. All forms of tobacco are dangerous. They put you at risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, and lungs. Smokeless tobacco goes by many names: spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew, chaw, dip, plug, and probably a few others. Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the lips, throat, cheek, gums, tongue, and even stomach and pancreas. No matter what type of tobacco you use, if you’re ready to quit, following the tips below may increase your chances of success.

Tips to help you quit

Successful quitting is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck!

  • Pick a quit date and clearly mark it on a calendar. Remember to give yourself some time to prepare.
  • Talk to your health care provider. He/she can help you figure out what things might make it hard for you to quit, as well as tell you if there are medications that might make it easier.
  • Make a list of your triggers. Avoid anything that makes you want to use tobacco. Situations, places, foods, beverages, and even certain people may make you more likely to use.
  • Spread the word. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are quitting. Ask anyone in your household who uses tobacco to quit with you or at least not use it around you.
  • Stock up on oral substitutes like sunflower seeds, gum, or hard candy.
  • Toss your tobacco gear. Get rid of lighters, ashtrays, and any extra tobacco products around your home.
  • Reward yourself for staying tobacco-free! Treat yourself to a new book, movie, or sports event.
  • Learn from your slip-ups. If you have tried to quit before, remember what went wrong and what you can do differently this time.

Keep at it! Each time you attempt to quit, you increase your chances for success in the future.

Resources to help you quit

PrimeWest Health members have access to tobacco cessation resources offered by Quit Partner. Quit Partner offers free one-on-one coaching over the phone or online, email and text support, as well as nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges). To get started today, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669; toll free). TTY users call 1-877-777-6534 (toll free). Or, sign up at