This month's TPG Guest Blogger is Rhonda Bullmaster. She is an MSW Social Work Intern from the University of Kansas, and she is completing her practicum at Phoenix Family Housing. Rhonda provided this valuable information to help raise awareness of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and provide support to those who wish to quit tobacco. Give it a read and encourage others to be quitters!
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! What better way to raise awareness than to talk about smoking cessation? Did you know that smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States? 4 out of 5 lung cancer deaths are linked to tobacco use. Quitting smoking could save your life.
Here are four simple steps to help you or someone you love quit smoking.
1. Decide to quit, but do it for you- Write down why you feel it’s important for you to quit.
2. Choose a day to quit- Choose a day and hold yourself accountable.
3. Prepare for your quit day- Choose your method of quitting and be honest with yourself because it’s not easy.
4. Kick it for Good- Remind yourself why this is important for you.
There are many support networks and other tools you can use in order to kick the habit of smoking. Try one of these great resources:
1. Quit for Life- a phone and web-based program that connects people to live coaches. 1-800-227-2345
2. QuitNet.com- is an online community that provides support to those that choose to quit.
3. The American Cancer Society- has a Guide to Quitting located on their website.
4. Medical doctors and insurance agencies- are willing to provide medical treatment for those choosing to quit. Ask your doctor.
The truth is that smoking is dangerous and addictive. People who smoke light cigarettes have the same risk for lung cancer, as those smoking full flavor. The Great American Smokeout day is the third Thursday in November every year. Why not choose this year to choose you and say no to Tobacco induced Lung cancer.