Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Help available to quit smoking
YOUNGSTOWN Quitting smoking may be on some people's New Year's resolution lists, but it is easier said than done.
Emily Lee, program director of the Northeast Ohio office of the American Lung Association of Ohio, said quitting smoking is hard to do, whether it's a New Year's resolution or not, and smokers may not be successful.
Smokers have difficulties quitting for many reasons because each person is different. Ideally, Lee said, when people try to quit, they have to break a behavioral habit and physiological addiction.
Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sprays and inhalers can be successful methods for smokers to use, Lee said, but they "work best when [smokers] join group counseling."
Kimberly Hunchuk, program coordinator of the Regional Tobacco Center through St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, said the national average for the number of attempts before a smoker is successful at quitting is seven to 10.
"Our belief is that the more times you try, the more successful you'll be. Don't give up and [don't] be afraid of failing," Hunchuk said.
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