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The New Year: A Great Time to Quit Smoking

January 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - A new year gives people a chance to start fresh in a lot of ways, and a New Year's resolution to quit smoking could add years to your life and the lives of those around you. According to the latest statistics from the CDC, more than one Indianan in five still lights up.

Keri Schneider, regional manager of the Tobacco Control Program at the American Lung Association, says having support is critical when you make the decision to quit.

"Support is huge: asking family, friends, coworkers to help and support you through this process, and also looking at the different resources that are available to you in your community."

If you've tried to quit before and it hasn't worked, Schneider says, don't be discouraged.

"For the majority of smokers out there, it does take multiple quit attempts to be successful."

In addition to improving your own health and the health of those around you, Schneider cites plenty of other reasons to quit. She says it will save smokers a lot of money, as well as the irritation of having to go outside in bad weather, extreme heat or cold, in order to smoke at work.

Schneider says research shows people who develop a support system and use organized quit-smoking programs have greater success in quitting for good, compared to those who try to go "cold turkey."

Indiana's toll-free tobacco quit line number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN