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Quit Smoking Tips

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Quitting smoking is not something everyone can do in just a day.

ND Quits is a program that offers tips to help you stop tobacco addiction.

Michelle Walker with the North Dakota Department of Health says that it all starts with planning.

Set a date and set a quit plan-- then have a strong support system in place of family, friends and also a counselor or support line-- and use medication.

She says people shouldn't feel bad about falling back into the habit-- it often takes multiple tries for a person to break the addiction.

Michelle Walker with the North Dakota Department of Health says, "It takes 5 to 7 time at quitting before they quit for good and so thinking helping people frame that too so they realize they're not a failure if they've quit 2, 3 or 4 times it's not that they can't do it every time they learned something that didn't work so we just need to work with them utilize some counseling and some medications and come up with a plan that will work."

Walker also says ask your employer about help with covering medication --often times businesses will have an option in their health plan to help with those costs.

You can call 1-800- QUIT-NOW or visit www.ndhealth.gov/ndquits for help.


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