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Published on January 05, 2018

Ways to Quit Smoking this Year

Quit SmokingSmoking significantly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, as well as diabetes, heart failure, other forms of cancer and several other serious medical problems. With the New Year quickly approaching, there couldn’t be a better time to set goals for yourself and quit the habit. For those who smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, quitting smoking can be quite the difficult process. Gaining support from family, friends, past smokers and/or actual support groups is the first step to successfully quitting the habit.

Cone Health offers a program called QuitSmart to help you quit smoking permanently. The QuitSmart Program uses a “warm chicken” approach instead of encouraging people to quit “cold turkey”. Rather than quitting smoking all at once, the warm chicken approach slowly weans your body off of nicotine.

Athena “Nikki” Pickenpack-Cousar, QuitSmart instructor with Cone Health, spoke on Fox 8 House Call on ways to quit smoking.