Your Presenter… Margie Roop, LPCC-S; CEAP; SAP 36 years smoke-free!
Excuses Not to Quit…“They still haven’t proven that cigarettes causecancer.”“I don’t smoke enough to get diseases caused bysmoking.”“It’s too hard…I won’t make it.”
Excuses (continued)…“I use low tar cigarettes…”“Smoking relaxes me…”“IF I stop smoking, I’ll gain weight.”
Excuses (continued…“I’ve smoked so long it won’t make any difference.”“Air pollution is just as dangerous as cigarettes.”
Objectives…Tips to Quit smokingUnderstand habit-breakingStress Reduction TechniquesReview of Resources
Mark Twain said… “…I’ve quit a thousand times…”
Things to Consider….Emotional Impact of quittingWhat Has Worked for You Before?Excuses Not To StopAre You Worth It…?And Finally…
You’re going to say it..“…Please, Margie, don’t say it…”
Your HealthYours…&Others…“You’ve only one life to live!”
Five Quick Tips to Stop…1. Get Ready2. Get Support3. Learn New Skills and Behaviors4. NRT5. “Boy Scout Motto”
Get Ready…Set a quit dateChange your environmentGet rid of all ashtrays at home, work, car and allcigarettesDon’t let people smoke in your homeReview your last attempt to quit
Get Support... Tell family, friends, coworkers you are quitting and ask for their support. Ask them not to smoke around you. Talk to your healthcare provider Get individual, group or telephone counseling
Learn New Skills and BehaviorsDistract yourself from urges; talk to someone, gofor a walk, get busy with a task, change yourroutineChange your routine. Drive a different way towork. Eat Breakfast in a different place. Drink teainstead of coffee.
Learn New Skills …Do something to reduce stress…take a hot bath,exercise, go for a walk, read a book…
Stress Reduction It’s helpful to know how your emotions work… how your thinking, attitudes, beliefs affect your reactions or emotions. It’s as simple as A, B, C & D…!
A, B, C’s & D!Thanks to Albert Ellis, Ph.D., father of Rational Emotive TherapyActivating event: I’m stressed!Belief about it: I can handle itC: You have an emotional reaction to yourbelief=relaxedD:You act upon it=go do yoga!Can all be applied to smoking-cessation
Nicotine Reduction Therapy (NRT)Gums, lozenges, inhalersPatchesZybanChantixAtropine and scopolamine
Managing HabitsDealing with habits are like are like dealing with a “ThreeHeaded Dragon”Physical HeadEmotional HeadThinking Head
“Be Prepared”… for Relapse or Difficult Situations…Avoid drinking alcoholAvoid being around cigarette smokeMost relapses occur within the first three monthsDon’t let weight gain stop you!
LifeServices EAP’s Resources LiveWell WorkLife Services: Include telephonic coaching with a smoking cessation expert On-site smoking cessation workshops On-site smoking cessation groups for employees who want to quit On-line smoking cessation tools & resources Have your employer call us!
Your Local Resources:•1-800-QUIT NOW: Free; five (5) 20-minute phonecoaching consults; most U.S. States have a QUITNOW line!•Nicotine Anonymous meetings are everywhere:look up one in your area!•Most local hospitals offer smoking cessationscourses to companies and to the public!
Hang in there and Good Luck!Have your company call us if you needassistance or if you have any questions! LifeServices EAP 1-800-822-4848