Stories tagged Great American Smokeout

Nov
14
2007

Butt out: Just think, if you quit smoking you won't have to deal with messes like this any more.
Butt out: Just think, if you quit smoking you won't have to deal with messes like this any more.Courtesy fragglerawker_03
Let’s stir up the smoking discussions again. After all, the Great American Smokeout is tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 15). That’s the day that the American Lung Association encourages people to stop smoking.

And this year, the Smokeout folks are letting you use the telephone to help smokers get started on quitting. During Smokeout day, callers to 1-800-QUIT-NOW will get to talk to a live person who will share tips on how to successfully quit smoking.

And here’s other healthful news to celebrate: for the first time ever, the U.S. now has more former smokers in the population than current smokers.

Here’s some other stopping smoking points to consider:

• Most people attempting to quit fail on their first attempt. But success rates are much higher on successive tries to quit.

• Cessation aids -- like patches, gums, non-prescription drugs, acupuncture or other outside helps – are no more than 50 percent effective in helping people stop smoking. Counselors suggest that they can help, but also need to be mixed with personal motivation within the quitter. Among the aids, checking in at the highest success rate level is Pfizer’s Chantix, at 44 percent. Nicotine patches and gum are effective in about 20 percent of quitting attempts. Other aids trickle off from there, with success rates between five and two percent.

• Another effective tactic, tell people you’re quitting. Just like peer pressure often gets people into smoking; peer pressure can help them to stop.

Do you want to quick smoking? What are the hang-ups? Have you successfully kicked the habit? What turned the trick for you? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzz readers.