Each year, many people make the New Year’s resolution to finally quit smoking, and the New York State Smokers’ Quitline is trying to make it easier for them.
The Smokers’ Quitline is a free resource for New Yorkers’ looking to quit their bad habit, and it’s available every day of the year beginning at 9 a.m. Quit Coaches can provide personalized coaching support and find out if you’re eligible for a starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy, and they also recommend that smokers talk to their healthcare providers about quitting smoking and to ask for prescriptions to help them do so.
The Smokers’ Quitline can be reached at 1-866-NY-QUITS, or 1-866-697-8487. Additional resources can also be found at nysmokefree.com.
Since the Smokers’ Quitline was created in 1999, Quit Coaches have responded to more than 2.5 million calls.
If you’re trying to quit smoking, here are some tips from Quit Coaches as you head into the new year:
- "Put a glass of water by your bed. When you wake up, your new routine can be to start with a sip of water instead of lighting up.” – Darlene D.
- “Don’t beat yourself up if you have a lapse. Figure out the reason for the lapse, and develop a plan so that you learn from the mistake when you try again.” – Rich S.
- “Remember that you’ll feel the health benefits right away. Nicotine will be out of your bloodstream in 72 hours after you quit.” – Angie D.
- “Try initially to avoid activities where you and friends would normally smoke, until you feel comfortable enough being around other smokers.” – Caitlin H.
- “Always remember why you decided you quit.” – Kathy W.