Tobacco Quitline: Sticking to your New Year's Resolution


SPRINGFIELD -- With the new year just days away, many of us are making resolutions. Whether it's getting more exercise, or kicking a bad habit, they're often tough to stick to.

Giving up tobacco is one resolution many people struggle with Stephen Hunt, Regional Director with The American Cancer Society, says quitting cold turkey rarely works out. Having a support group goes a long way.

"Whether that be a friend, a family member, a group, someone to share the struggle with. Also, having an actual written plan, write it down. Maybe instead of having two packs of cigarettes a day, you write down a goal that you're going to only smoke 1 3/4 packs a day to sort of taper yourself down," said Hunt.

Resources are available to help through The American Cancer Society: (217) 523-4503

Or you can call 1-866-QUIT-YES

That toll-free hotline is staffed by trained smoking cessation counselors, and callers can get a "quit kit" mailed to their home.


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