A guest post from FMH Clinical Asthma & Tobacco Educator Shanna Figgins
Every year millions of people decide they want to improve their lives. Some people swear to exercise, others to eat right and many people decide this will be the year that they put down their cigarettes for good. Unfortunately, while there are many people who are successful in quitting smoking; there are even more who relapse (return to smoking the same amount or more prior to quit attempt). What are the reasons for this? Well, there are several. Some of the reasons people relapse during a cessation attempt are:
- They are choosing to quit for someone else rather than for themselves.
- They do not educate themselves on what to expect from nicotine withdrawal and therefore are unprepared to cope with the cravings.
- They have not planned ahead to have the support of family and friends.
- They doubt themselves and what they are capable of accomplishing - YOU CAN DO IT!
If I slip, have I failed?
Think of how many times you’ve practiced perfecting your smoking habit. It may take several attempts before you’re able to quit for life. Under no circumstances should you ever give up; it is NEVER too late to quit smoking, particularly since health benefits can occur within the first 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
FMH sponsors the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking Program.
For more information on FMH’s Smoking Cessation Program contact: Shanna Figgins, RRT, AE-C at 240-566-3622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We know the program works — take Krista Feit’s example:
“I smoked a pack a day for 25 years. I was terrified to quit and terrified not to. I never could have done this without the support of this class and Shanna Figgins.”
Krista completed the Freedom From Smoking Program on April 12, 2010 — and she’s volunteered to come speak to future classes to offer her success story as words of encouragement.
Won’t you join us?