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November 15
The Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program joins the American Cancer Society and health departments across the state in challenging smokers to lay down their cigarettes for the Great American Smokeout, Thursday, November 15.

Accept the Great American Smokeout Challenge
Quitting smoking isn't easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting, you need to know what you're up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. 

Making the Decision to Quit

Making the decision to quit can be difficult.  You've probably tried before and know how difficult quitting can be.  This time find tools to help you quit.  Start by doing some research. Here are some Web sites to help you get started 

Developing a Quit Plan

Reseach indicates that only about five percent of the people who try to quit cold turkey are successful. To increase your odds at quitting - develop a quit plan. Start by contacting 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). A trained cessation specialist can help you come up with a plan that will work for you. People who get advice from experienced quitting coaches are as much as 70 percent more likely to quit than people who try to quit without help.

You also should consider nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT will double your chances of quitting. Several types of NRT are available. Review this chart to determine which will work best for you.

Understanding and Dealing with Withdrawal

Before you quit, keep a journal for a few days to see when you smoke, then review your entries to determine any patterns. Once you quit smoking, use this information to see when you're likely to come face to face with nicotine cravings. Armed with this information, you can develop a plan to overcome nicotine withdrawal. For more information about knowing your triggers and dealing with cravings, visit The National Cancer Institute and

Staying Motivated

Breaking your addiction to nicotine can be difficult and it will take more than a few days. Many people find it challenging to stay motivated to quit. Before your quit date, create a team of supporters to help you maintain your commitment to qutting.  Make a list of positive outcomes from not smoking. You list might include:
  • better health
  • more money
  • sense of accomplishment
  • improved sense of taste and smell
  • more energy
Now, add your own to help you remember why this is important.