“Your success and happiness lies in you.”
Ah … the new year has begun and so have the new year’s resolutions. What are you taking on in 2016? Getting a better grasp on your finances? Losing weight? Traveling more? Well, let us give you some support so you can be successful in your resolutions that involve your health. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be touching on some of the common resolutions we make and offering you some food for thought. Guest blogger: Gregory Seward, director of the Tobacco Free Initiative at UMass Memorial Health Care.
Twice a year we put extra emphasis on quitting smoking at UMass Memorial. We celebrate the Great American Smokeout in November and World No Tobacco Day in May. This month being January when we make resolutions, I thought that I would encourage you to quit smoking and share some information on e-cigarettes.
If you are a smoker please know you can quit. If you’ve tried and failed then try again and learn from the past. If you’re a former smoker or know a smoker, look for ways to help support them.
As part of your journey to quit, develop a list of as many reasons as possible to do so. These include:
- Your health
- The health of others
- Financial reasons (like medical health, the financial benefits of quitting begin right away and build). Calculate how much you could save?
Did you know smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and beyond our borders? Really, it isn’t just smoking thought; it includes all forms of tobacco such as:
- Chew and dip
- Pipes (additive-free tobacco)
- Spitless and dissolvable tobaccos
Treatment and Support
Treatment and support have had great results. Some options include:
- The use of telephone quit lines
- Nicotine Anonymous (Nic-A)
- Outpatient programs (Call for an appointment today 508-334-5393.)
Growing Concerns for E-cigarettes
One popular new product on the market today is electronic cigarettes. These products are not regulated or approved by the FDA, but many people use them. There are growing concerns for safety and health around using them. These include the risk of fire and explosion. There are significant calls to Poison Control Centers for nicotine exposure and overdose; many of these include cases involving small children. These risks are so great that some industries are calling for increased training for doctors on nicotine exposure and overdoses. There is some growing evidence that ingredients in e-cigarettes or e-juice are harmful as well. Watch this brief video.
Quit for Good
The good news is that more and more people want to quit and want to quit safely. Tips to help you quit can be found here:
Join the conversation. What are your resolutions for 2016?