Help Mom Quit Smoking For Mother’s Day, Women’s Health Week

In Local News on April 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

National Women's Health Week - May 9-15, 2010 - It's Your Time!

Women’s Health Week is coming up the week of Mother’s Day on May 9, and May is also Clean Air Month. Perhaps the best Mother’s Day gift you could give your mom is resources to quit smoking. Tell her about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, where she can get free coaching and put together a quit plan.

Here’s how you can help a friend or family member quit:

  • Express care. Skip the criticism.
  • Remember the smoker will need to make the decision.
  • Ask how you can help.
  • Be patient with mood swings.
  • Be “on call” to offer support during tough spots.
  • Offer encouragement regularly.
  • Encourage non-smoking activities.
  • If you smoke, don’t smoke around the person who is trying to quit, and consider quitting with them.
  • Be prepared for slips. It usually takes more than 5 tries for a smoker to quit for good.
  • Keep up the support.

Moms, what better gift could you give your kids than to quit smoking and extend your lifetime with them.

Some tips to quit smoking:

  • Call 1-800-QUIT NOW.
  • Make a list. Write down why you want to stop smoking.
  • Pick a good time to quit. Avoid times when you will be under a lot of stress, especially holidays.
  • Throw out all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters from your home and car.
  • Consider changing your daily routine. For example, take a different route to work or school.
  • Drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet and get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol.
  • Get support. Tell family, friends and coworkers that you are going to quit. Ask that they not smoke around you or leave cigarettes out where you can see them. Maybe even get one of them to quit with you.
  • Be aware that you may not quit on the first try. Most smokers need a few practice runs to quit for good. Be patient but persistent and try to learn something from each quit attempt that can make your next attempt successful.
  • Be prepared for difficult situations and side effects. Some may experience depression, irritability and headaches.
  • Talk with your health care provider. Consider getting help by attending cessation classes and using medications.
  • Keep busy! Exercise every day, even if it’s just going for a walk. Make a list of what you are going to do instead of smoke. Do something you enjoy.
  1. I totally encourage this campaign, helping our mom’s to quit smoking to help improve their health as well as their lifestyle. Let’s support this!

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