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Ready to put out your last cigarette?

Hands breaking a cigarette in half.

Nov. 21, 2019—It's true: Quitting smoking is easier said than done. But it's definitely doable. And there's no better time than the Great American Smokeout—which is today—to recommit to quitting. Join thousands of people around the country in starting your smoke-free journey today.

A good way to begin? Tap into the many stop-smoking tools that are available.

Two (or more) are better than one

You probably already know about nicotine replacement products (like patches or gums) and other stop-smoking medicines that you can buy with a prescription. They can help you quit. But combining two or more quit-smoking methods works even better than just one, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For example, along with using a medication, you might try one or more of these methods:

  • Call a tobacco quit line.
  • Talk with a stop-smoking counselor or coach.
  • Attend Nicotine Anonymous meetings or other support groups.
  • Check out self-help books and online resources.
  • Ask your friends and family for their support.

Your doctor can recommend medicines or other stop-smoking resources too. And you can call the ACS at 1.800.227.2345 to find more help.

So worth it

No matter how long you've smoked, quitting now can improve your health. Over time, it can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and several types of cancer. And in just a matter of weeks to months, you may find that you breathe better and cough less too.

You may even experience benefits like these almost right away:

  • Your senses of taste and smell will improve. Get ready to enjoy the flavors and aromas of food much more.
  • Your clothes, hair and breath will smell fresher.
  • You'll save money.
  • Your teeth and fingernails will stop yellowing.
  • You won't have to go outside to smoke in the cold.

You've got this!

If you're ready to quit, make a plan to start. Remember: It often takes more than one try to quit for good. So if you have a setback, don't give up. Just recommit to quit.

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