A new Quit Tobacco and Nicotine class will start on Wednesday, December 6, 6 p.m. at The Stream in Newaygo (1 State Road). The class is free. For information and to register, call Sally Wagoner, RN, Spectrum Health Gerber: 231.924.7589.
“I tried the patch and it didn’t work.” Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, then you realize that just putting on a nicotine patch is not the magic bullet for quitting tobacco use.
Why is it so hard to quit smoking, chew (dip) or vaping (e-cigs)? It is difficult because it is not just a bad habit. It is an addiction that changes how our brain responds to nicotine and the rewards we associate with it.
The most successful steps to quitting include:
The TTS will also help you learn what triggers your smoking or nicotine desire. Does stress cause you to light up? Do you find yourself vaping when you are bored? Do you chew throughout the day at work? Identifying when you use is the first step in learning what to do instead of smoking, vaping or dipping. You can start with healthy changes such as nibbling on celery sticks, taking a walk when the nicotine urge hits, and deeply breathing in fresh air instead of stale, tobacco air to dissolve the cravings until you are completely tobacco free.
Quitting tobacco and nicotine means taking your life back into your own control. When you quit smoking or vaping, your health begins to improve very quickly, and you will find you have more energy and are less short of breath. You are no longer tied to when and where you can smoke. Right away your clothes smell fresher, your mouth is cleaner, and your wallet a little heavier!
Quitting smoking and nicotine use is not always easy. But you are not alone in your journey. Newaygo County has all the resources you need to quit for good. You can do it! Contact one of the following Tobacco Treatment Specialists today:
Karen Ripke, TTS, District Health Department #10: 231.689.7300.
Sally Wagoner, RN, TTS, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial: 231.924.7589
BreatheWell Newaygo County, Tobacco Prevention Coalition: firstname.lastname@example.org