The United States government offers its citizens a multitude of quit smoking programs. The National Cancer Institute, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and smokefree.gov are a few of the agencies that have websites available to the public for free. At smokefree.gov, anyone from the current chain smoker, to the person who has already quit and is struggling for help and advice can get information to assist them in accomplishing their goal.
It is a very encouraging website. It immediately congratulates the person who visits the site and lets them know that ‘they took the first step to quitting cigarette smoking.’ This quit smoking program offers visitors who are at the various stages of quitting a short menu of options. The four choices are: thinking about quitting; preparing to quit; quitting and staying quit.
For the person who is considering quitting smoking, the website suggests compiling a list of why the person wants to quit, other than health reasons. Setting a good example for your children and saving a lot of money were two of the suggestions the website had to offer.
They suggest keeping this list in your pack of cigarettes so that every time you go to smoke, you are reminded of why you want to quit.
For the person who has already decided to quit smoking smokefree.com suggests telling family, coworkers and friends of your decision. You should then set a quit date and prepare yourself for the challenges that lay ahead. You should tell you doctor that you are on a quit smoking program. Lastly, you should remove cigarettes from wherever you had them in your life, including your work, car and home.
During the quitting process the website suggests that you keep busy by bike riding and other activities and try to be in non-smoking areas such as the movie theater. Their quit smoking program offers a hotline that people can call when they are feeling desperate and in need of some direction.
For the people who have already quit they suggest that you stay upbeat and reward yourself for not smoking.