Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Don't give in

to your temptations

To the Editor:

Holiday times can be stressful, especially to someone who has recently quit using tobacco. I'd like to share some "how to stay tobacco free over the holidays" tips.

Remember to take one day, one moment, at a time. Affirm yourself -- you are now a non-smoker, no longer controlled by tobacco. You are in control of your life and can stay tobacco free. Stay positive attitude is everything! Accept your new, smoke-free self. Spread the word -- tell everyone you know that you have quit using tobacco. Look forward to the support of family and friends. Avoid "just that one" -- remember, one cigarette is never enough and any more than one is too many. Remind yourself why you quit.

Food tips -- try to avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, spicy and sugary foods that might be triggers for you to smoke. Practice the 4 D's -- deep breathe, drink lots of water, delay (remember, the urge to smoke only lasts two to three minutes and then it goes away), and do something else -- take a walk, read a book, call a friend, volunteer, pray or meditate.

If you smoke and have made the decision to quit, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free, confidential coaching.

Have a blessed, smoke-free holiday.

Nancy Cummings

Greene Co. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coordinator