December 29, 2008
Health Gurus Say Resolve to Quit Smoking – One Week at a Time
A new idea that might even help Obama quit and stay quit.
"Stay Quit Monday is perfect for someone like President-elect Obama,"
"We know there's a high relapse rate for first-time quitters and that it takes a number of attempts for most people to stop smoking altogether," says
It's simple math. "For most people who quit, it takes from 7 to 10 tries," says Lerner, "We urge smokers to think about it realistically and use the start of each week to recommit to breaking their addiction. If you just try once a year on your birthday or
"Many smokers will be inspired this
"Quitting smoking is a marathon, not a 100-yard dash," said Dr.
"We think of Monday as the January of the week," says Healthy Monday President
"Expect occasional slips in your resolutions," Norcross advises. "Most successful resolvers slip in January. But a slip need not be a fall; pick yourself up and recommit to your resolution." In fact, one study Norcross cites showed that 71% of successful resolvers said their first slip had actually strengthened their efforts.
A report last year from the Institute of Medicine says that "motivating more quit attempts among people who now make none, and more frequent quit attempts among those who now try to quit" is one of five requirements for achieving higher cessation rates. (1)
Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in
Your Stay Quit Monday Toolbox
While quitting is hard, you can get help each week from HealthyMonday.org.
-- Get weekly Monday messages at About.com's quitsmoking.about.com
-- Check in with the American Cancer Society's Quitline at 1-800-ACS-2345 every week or visit cancer.org
-- Visit smokefree.gov for expert advice and tools weekly to help you stay on track
For more resources on quitting smoking and staying quit, visit the Stay Quit Monday page on the Healthy Monday website at HealthyMonday.org/stayquit.
The Stay Quit Monday campaign is a Healthy Monday project of
(1) Institute of Medicine. 2007. Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation.
SOURCE Healthy Monday Campaign