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HHS HealthBeat (October 18, 2012)

Get ready, get help, get real

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Quit Smoking Today

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Any smoker can quit. It can be tough, but it’s doable.

Dr. Thomas Frieden is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Get ready by setting a quit date, getting rid of all cigarettes and ash trays in your environment, not being around people who smoke for a few days, and once you quit, don’t smoke, not even a puff.”

Next, get help.

“Have friends and others who are trying to quit, quit with you, a quit buddy.”

And, get real.

“Be realistic about what’s going to work, and understand that it may not work the first time.”

Smokers who try to quit can double or triple their chances by getting counseling, medicine, or both.

Talk to your doctor and call 1-800-QUIT NOW for free help.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: October 18, 2012