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Don't Let A Day Go Up in Smoke!
Don't Let Another Day Go Up in Smoke!
Are you one of most smokers who want to quit? Then try following this advice.

Don't smoke any number or any kind of cigarette. Smoking even a few cigarettes a day can hurt your health. If you try to smoke fewer cigarettes, but do not stop completely, soon you'll be smoking the same amount again.

Smoking "low-tar, low nicotine" cigarettes usually does little good, either. Because nicotine is so addictive, if you switch to lower-nicotine brands, you'll likely just puff harder, longer, and more often on each cigarette. The only safe choice is to quit completely.

Write Down Why You Want to Quit
Do you want:
  • to feel in control of your life?
  • to have better health?
  • to set a good example for your children?
  • to protect your family from breathing other people's smoke?

Really wanting to quit smoking is very important to how much success you will have in quitting. Smokers who live after a heart attack are the most likely to quit for good -- they're very motivated. Find a reason for quitting before you have no choice.

Prepare to Quit
Know that it will take effort to quit smoking. Nicotine is habit forming. Half of the battle in quitting is knowing you need to quit. This knowledge will help you be more able to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal that can occur, such as bad moods and really wanting to smoke. There are many ways smokers quit, including the use of nicotine replacement therapy, medications, behavior modification, hypnosis, or going "cold turkey," but there is no easy way. Give yourself a month to get over these feelings. Take quitting one day at at time --whatever you need to succeed.

Half of all adults smokers have quit, so you can too. That's the good news. There are millions of people alive today who have learned to face life without a cigarette. For staying healthy, quitting smoking is the best step you can take.

Get help if you need it. Many health organizations offer materials, programs and strategies to help smokers quit for good. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Quit Line and Quit Net affords individuals who are ready to quit smoking an opportunity to speak with a counselor or log on from their computer to create a personalized cessation plan. Call NJ Quit Line at 1-866-NJ-STOPS or log on to NJ Quit Net.

Clearinghouse for Tobacco Information
For a good source of help and support, the Bergen County Department of Health Services’ Community Tobacco Program offers the Clearinghouse for Tobacco Information. The Clearinghouse provides information on the availability of services that residents can utilize for tobacco prevention and cessation. It functions as a “one-stop” center affording residents the opportunity to contact a telephone referral / resource line to secure referrals to cessation programs or receive materials on tobacco prevention. In addition, the Clearinghouse provides a directory identifying cessation programs available throughout the county. Click to view the directory.

The Clearinghouse phone number is 201-634-2707. The coordinator of the Bergen County Community Tobacco Program will be available to take residents’ calls from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and promptly follow-up on all messages left by residents during the day or evening.

The Clearinghouse is funded through a grant received by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program. There is nothing more important you can do for yourself than to stop smoking.