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Resolved to Quit Smoking? If at First You Don’t Succeed…

January 11, 2010

BOSTON - Nobody likes a quitter - unless of course you are The American Lung Association. Quitting smoking is at the top of many a New Year's Resolution list, but according to several studies, giving up tobacco is one of the most difficult to keep.

Margaret LaCroix, vice-president of marketing and communications with The American Lung Association of New England, says it takes the average person seven tries before being successful in kicking the habit. She says many people become discouraged and feel that they have been smoking too long, and that the damage is already done. LaCroix says: Not so.

"It's definitely not too late, ever, no matter how long you have been smoking, and no matter how old you are, to try to quit. Actually people who quit tell us that the benefits from quitting are absolutely immediate. "

LaCroix says that some of the health benefits for those who quit smoking are felt by many people as soon as just 24 hours after stopping.

"Their circulation improves, and the oxygen content of their blood increases, and hypertension risk due to smoking is of course eliminated."

LaCroix says that the American Lung Association has a program in place with several options to help you quit called "Freedom from Smoking." The program is online and offers support for those planning to quit, tips, ideas and a plan to be a successful quitter. The program is available at lungne.org or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA and pressing Option 2.


Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA