It's the Great American Smokeout

The Thursday before Thanksgiving is the national American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smoke-out. Tom Klingemann is a pharmacist at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and he runs the smoking cessation class. He says research shows over and over that most people who smoke want to quit.
“The CDC has a survey they do every year. It shows that 70% of smokers want to quit. It doesn’t mean they want to quit tomorrow or the next minute. But they know they can’t continue with this.”
Klingemann explains that smokers who’ve tried to quit in the past shouldn’t feel like they’ve failed in the past. What they’ve really done is learn about what works and what doesn’t.
“Each time that person tried to quit, they learned a lesson. In their mind, it might have been a failure, but what it really was, was a learning experience. (12) They learned something from that quit attempt. And after 5-10 attempts, they have a nice bucket of lessons they can keep applying. Eventually, they have enough of those lessons that it works.”
Klingemann believes smoking isn’t just an addiction to tobacco and nicotine, it’s an addiction to routine. So when trying to quit, he advises people to break their smoking routines. When there’s downtime, go to a place where you can’t smoke.
Klingemann believes smoking isn’t just an addiction to tobacco and nicotine, it’s an addiction to routine. So when trying to quit, he advises people to break their smoking routines. When there’s downtime, go to a place where you can’t smoke.
“To the movies, bowling, the mall, restaurants – you can’t smoke in restaurants anymore. They’re fun venues and take your mind of the issue at hand and gets you through a few more hours. It breaks up that time when you might relax and have a cigarette or tobacco products.”
“People put way too much focus on the nicotine and forget about how to change or alter the routine. It doesn’t matter what product you use to help you quit, or no product at all. You won’t quit smoking until you alter those routines in your life.”