Are you one of many people who have a resolution to quit smoking this year?
According to the CDC, in 2010, among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.8%) said that they wanted to quit completely.
- Since 2002, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers.
Also, the percentage of adult daily cigarette smokers who stopped smoking for more than 1 day in 2012 because they were trying to quit:
- More than 4 out of 10 (42.7%) of all adult smokers
- Nearly 5 out of 10 (48.5%) smokers aged 18–24 years
- More than 4 out of 10 (46.8%) smokers aged 25–44 years
- Nearly 4 out of 10 (38.8%) smokers aged 45–64 years
- More than 3 out of 10 (34.6%) smokers aged 65 years or older
Percentage of high school cigarette smokers who tried to stop smoking in the past 12 months:11
- Nearly 5 out of 10 (48%) of all high school students who smoke
How to quit smoking.
Quitting is hard to do.
Quitting any habit that we are dependent upon can be hard to do. But, if you really want to quit, there is no time like the present to get started.
The CDC has these suggestions.
Develop a Quit Plan
- Picking a quit date. Starting the new year smokefree is a great idea.
- Letting loved ones know you’re quitting so they can support you.
- Listing your reasons to quit smoking. See the “Smoking and Diabetes” ad featuring Bill—another former smoker who participated in the Tips campaign—for advice on finding your reasons to quit.
- Figuring out what triggers make you want to smoke so you can avoid them, especially during the early days.
- Having places you can turn to for help right away, including the free resources listed below.
Use Free, Effective Resources
There are many free resources for people trying to quit smoking:
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) (for Spanish speakers). This free service offers a lot of resources, including coaching, help with making a quit plan, educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live.
- Smokefree TXT. This free 24/7 texting program sends encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking for good. To get started, just text QUIT to 47848, answer a few questions, and you’ll start receiving messages.
- Online help. This Tips From Former Smokers web page provides helpful online quit resources.
- Smokefree App. The QuitGuide is a free app that tracks cravings, moods, slips, and smokefree progress to help you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smokefree.
Talk to your health care provider about medicines that may help you quit smoking.
Get free help online, too.
- For information on quitting, go to the Quit Smoking Resources page on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site.
- Read inspiring stories about former smokers and their reasons for quitting at CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers Web site.
- The I’m Ready to Quit! page links to many helpful resources.