December 31, 2015

Make Smoking a Thing of the Past in 2016

On New Year’s Day, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut ones’ risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave one feeling stronger and healthier.

Tiffany, a former cigarette smoker, was 16 when her mother—also a smoker—died of lung cancer. Despite her loss, Tiffany started smoking. She finally decided to quit when her daughter Jaelin turned 16 because she could not bear the thought of missing out on any part of Jaelin’s life, like her own mother did. Her effort to quit began with setting a specific date to quit smoking and reaching out to family and friends for support. In the video “Tiffany’s Decision” from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign, she talks about the “aha” moment that sent her on a different, healthier path for her own life.

Most smokers who want to quit try several times before they succeed, but you can help your community to take steps that can improve their chances of quitting for good.

Read resources that will assist your coalition in disseminating messages to help your community quit smoking for good in 2016.

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