Need a plan if you’re looking to kick the habit this new year

(CNN) – Seventy percent of American smokers say they want to quit.

If you are one of them, here are some tips from the CDC.

First, make a plan for quitting. People who’ve done it say planning ahead is a big part of success.

List the reasons you want to quit smoking. Figure out what triggers make you want to reach for a cigarette so you can avoid them.

Choose a day when you’ll quit and let your loved ones know, they can help support you.

Identify people or places you can turn to for help, if you need it.

There are lots of tips online. And you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

You can also find apps that will help you track cravings, slip-ups and progress.

Some people need medication. The most common type is nicotine replacement therapy, which gives your body a little nicotine without any of the harmful chemicals that are found in burning cigarettes.

Healthcare providers can also help, especially if you experience withdrawal symptoms.

But since people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk of early death, the discomfort is worth it.

You’re never too old to quit.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s