Are you one of those people who keeps trying to quit smoking but never quite succeeds? Have you thought about trying to quit but found the whole process too daunting? Then you may be in luck next week -- or today; there's no rule that says you have to wait.
The American Cancer Society has designated November 17th the Great American Smokeout Day. On their website, they have a host of useful tools and information on quitting. Their Quit Smoking Guide is available for online reading as well as a downloadable PDF. Among the tools is a quiz that will help you create a quit plan, a cigarette cost calculator, desktop helpers for download, and access to a current study using an email program to help quit.
Our federal government is also trying to help with their website smokefree.gov. Like the American Cancer Society, they have a quit guide; though, the federal guide offers interactive use online, a downloadable PDF, and the option of ordering a free print copy. They also offer live expert help through instant messaging, or national or local telephone numbers. Additional help tools include online quizzes, more print resources that can be viewed online or ordered for free, nationwide access to active cessation studies, and information on your state's smoking health. They even have a free Smartphone App!
If you'd prefer to go old school, stop by Central Library next week and take a look at the book display on the second floor. In honor of the Great American Smokeout we'll be featuring books on the benefits of quitting, including books on how to do it. Here's a preview of some of the books you'll see as well as more websites to visit.