70% of tobacco users say they want to quit, but because nicotine is addictive, quitting is difficult. Nancy Naeve Brown asked Deb Murray, a Respiratory Therapist and Tobacco Cessation Coach at the Avera Heart Hospital how people should go about breaking the habit.
Avera Heart Hospital Respiratory Therapist and Tobacco Cessation Coach Deb Murray says, "The biggest thing is they want to have a plan. Their plan begins when they say I'm going to quit, but if you add more components to the plan the more successful you'll be. Some of those components include having your support team; have your support buddies in line. Let them know when you are quitting. Another thing is to understand what your triggers are and how are you going to work through those triggers when you quit tobacco. You also need to understand that your body is going to go through withdrawal or a recovery phase. Understand what conditions happen and have your plan ready on how you are going to make that a smoother process.
Q: We've heard from others who have quit that it's hard for them to go to the bar because being around other smokers makes them want to have one. Don't you think the new law (statewide SD smoking ban) will help with that?
A: We've already heard from a lot of people on that. They've been thinking I want to quit and now not going out and being exposed to that second hand smoke or cigarette will help.
Q: If you need help that's what the Quit for Good program here is for right?
A: Absolutely. Give me a call. We can do one-on-one counseling or group counseling or I can even give you a consultation over the phone to give you some ideas or help direct you.
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For more information on how you can stop using tobacco products through the Quit for Good Program, 605-977-7000.