Smoking Cessation

Why Quit Smoking?

Health Reasons

  • A decreased risk of cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, and other organs and areas of the body.
  • A decreased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problem.
  • A decreased risk of respiratory illnesses, such as COPD and asthma episodes.

Family Reasons

  • A family member becomes allergic to cigarette smoke.
  • A family member asks them to quit to protect their families health.
  • A family member is quitting and is looking for a quit buddy.
  • A child or young family member begins using themselves, so they quit to set an example.

Financial Reasons

  • A pack-a-day smoker can save about $150 per month, or $1800 per year.
  • Non-smokers have lower health and life insurance premiums, meaning they pay out less for their insurance.
  • Non-smokers experience fewer sick days from work, meaning those without paid vacation days bring home more money.

Tobacco:  Why it’s hard to give up

Tobacco is one of the hardest habits to give up.  Over half of Hoosiers are ready to give up the habit, but wanting to give it up and actually doing so are two different things.  On average, it takes anywhere from 5 to 7 tries before someone can give up tobacco for good, and it can become very upsetting when you can’t quit the first time.

So what makes quitting so hard?   There is no easy answer to that question.  There are several factors that make quitting difficult, including:

  • Addiction to nicotine, the drug found in tobacco
  • A fine-tuned habit where a tobacco user doesn’t even realize that they have developed a habit
  • Exposure to triggers that causes someone to use tobacco
  • Lack of support from family and/or friends
  • Lack of tools or information on breaking the use cycle
  • Perceived lack of money and time to quit
  • Not really wanting to quit

Resources to help you quit

Quitting doesn’t have to be expensive.  In fact, quitting can be free in East Central Indiana by contacting East Central Indiana – Little Red Door.

Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free phone-based counseling services that helps Indiana smokers quit.  Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW