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OK to Quit 2018

01-19-2018

Ok to quite smokingJoin Oklahoma Smokers call it quits in 2018! Your health is important to NRHS which is why we are supporting Quit Week in Oklahoma from January 17-24, 2018.

For a new year or a new year, it's always a good time to quit tobacco.

You're not alone in this journey. Many Oklahoma businesses, individuals and even your loved ones are cheering for you. Keep trying until you succeed! Get the support you need to be tobacco-free in 2018.

  • Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider today about smoking cessation treatment options.
  • Call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for access to FREE resources.

For more information or resources visit:

  • OKtoQuit.oid.ok.gov
  • OKhelpline.com
  • QuittersCircle.com
  • Download the Quitter's Circle app USE CODE OKtoQuit

New Year. New You.

Join Oklahoma Smokers call it quits in 2018! Your health is important to NRHS which is why we are supporting Quit Week in Oklahoma from January 17 - 24.

The New Year is a clean slate, and there is never a shortage of things to get done. But remember that behavior change (and life) is a marathon, not a sprint. And in training for a marathon, there are some key tips that you want to keep in mind….

Prepare with the right equipment and knowledge.

Just as runners need the right shoes and clothing, we need the right tools and knowledge to successfully change a behavior. Talk to your doctor and contact the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for free, non-judgmental information and support.

Don’t Go It Alone

As one marathon veteran said, "it makes running less daunting if there is a friend along for part of the run." The same goes for quitting tobacco. Have an accountability partner who will be there for you when those cravings pop up and who will encourage you to keep going with your quit.

Pace Yourself

Finding a good, comfortable stride is critical for a marathon runner. The same goes for someone quitting tobacco. Don’t suddenly decide to quit without developing a plan. If you slip up, get back up and keep going. You can find your pace and finish this race.

Use a Mantra and Visualize Success

Runners need to be extremely positive as they go into a race. You have to be positive as well. Tobacco users attempting to quit must believe they can be successful. Remember, your past quit attempts weren’t "failures" they were simply practice runs to learn what works best for you.

Remember…

26 miles is a LONG way to run. It takes preparation and support to finish the task. The same goes for us. Having a plan, an accountability partner and effective tools and resources will go a long way to helping you finish strong.

Understand. Plan. Then Act.

Join Oklahoma Smokers call it quits in 2018! Your health is important to NRHS which is why we are supporting Quit Week in Oklahoma from January 17-24, 2018.

Tobacco dependence involves 2 critical pieces; the physical habit of using the tobacco and the physical addiction that the nicotine in tobacco causes. Today we will focus on how to handle the physical addiction to nicotine so that you will be better equipped and more comfortable as you address the long term behavior changes.

Addressing the Physical Addiction to Nicotine - If you’ve tried to quit before, you know one of the hardest parts about quitting is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. The good news is, for most people, the worst symptoms only last a few days to a couple of weeks. However, having a plan to deal with these symptoms is critical to avoid relapsing.

Developing coping skills will help for the long term, but in the meantime FDA approved medications like Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) should be used to handle withdrawal symptoms.

"In quitting tobacco, meds are like shoes. You know how you try on shoes and some fit and some don’t? Well, you don’t give up wearing shoes do you? It’s the same way with tobacco cessation medication. You try them on (use them properly) and see if they fit."

Dosing is the Key - Think about this, 1 pack of cigarettes contains approximately 20 mg of nicotine. So how can a 14 mg patch keep a pack a day smoker comfortable? And a 2 pack a day smoker?? Forget it.

The amount of nicotine in the NRT you are using to quit tobacco needs to be equal to what your body is currently used to. Your doctor and a QuitCoach® at the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can help you better understand your options and make the right choice for you. (And you can get free NRT if you are ready to quit.)

Remember…

Quitting tobacco is tough, but simply using cessation medication correctly can double your changes of quitting. (And you’ll be saving money in the process.)

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