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Tobacco-Free Holidays

Tobacco-Free Holidays

Tips to get through the holidays without using tobacco

By Amy Reineke

The holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends, which means shopping, gatherings and busy times. This time of the year can also be very stressful for those who want to quit smoking or using tobacco. When it comes to tobacco cessation, knowledge is power and the more you know, the better success you will have in kicking the habit.

The first step in a successful quit from tobacco use is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. The holidays can be a time we overextend ourselves, and the results will be being overtired, additional stress that can translate back to a failed attempt of quitting.

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Try these tips as you begin your journey to kick the habit:
•Make a list of things that help you relieve your stress. Have them nearby so when you feel overwhelmed you can use one of your favorite stress busters.
•After eating may be a time for a cigarette, so keep some gum, mints or something to keep yourself from reaching for tobacco.
•Let your family and friends know that you are in the process of quitting so they can support you.
•Not purchasing tobacco products will save you money! Keep a jar in your house and fill it up with the money you aren’t spending on tobacco products and watch it add up.

QuitPlan Services offers a wide array of tools to help you quit your own way, since everyone is different. Services that are offered are via web, text, phone, and email. For more information, go to, or call 1-800-354-PLAN (7526).

During this hectic time of year it can be hard to stay focused on your tobacco free living goal. Stay motivated by reminding yourself of your reasons why you want to quit. Whether it’s for your health, a New Year’s resolution or a way to increase your holiday gift budget, keeping your reasons top of mind can help you stay on track.

Amy Reineke is a health educator with Horizon Public Health. The Mission of Horizon Public Health is to enhance the health and the well-being of all who live, work and play in the five-county Horizon community.

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