Only about 10% of women try to get help through their doctor or a counselor, but their success rate can be three times higher than the other 90% who didn’t look for support. Be prepared to reach out and take advantage of programs and treatments that can help you, and find out if smoking cessation programs or medications are covered by your health insurance. Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Contact the American Lung Association and/or the American Cancer Society to see if smoking cessations are offered in your community
• Research studies show that prescription medicine coupled with a nicotine patch/gum and individualized counseling, has proven very successful in helping people stop smoking. Ask your doctor for advice.
• Technological support is at your fingertips, as studies show that "supportive social media" really helps people stay smoke-free. Check out SmokefreeTXT
, and SmokefreeWomen
to learn more.
• Ask your pharmacist to recommend filters, nicotine gum and patches, or other over-the-counter products to help stem your craving for nicotine.
• Hypnosis is often effective and available from hypnosis centers and individual therapists.Self-help methods include kits, books, videos, and online programs.