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When it comes to smoking, quitters never lose.
Even if you’ve been smoking for decades, quitting smoking now greatly reduces your risk of health problems, which include an array of cancers, heart attack, stroke, and numerous chronic diseases.
No matter how you choose to quit smoking, it’s a great choice to protect your health, as well as those around you. It may take time — and, yes, there’s a chance you might stumble on your first try — but don’t give up. You’ll save tons of money, feel better, and live a lot longer.
Whether you’re looking to quit, or want to help a loved one kick the habit, here are eight of the best blogs dedicated to quitting smoking.
Alere may specialize in making diagnostic devices, but they also know a thing or two about how to improve your health and well-being, including why and how to quit smoking.
Their blog, which covers many health issues, touches on a number helpful topics related to smoking cessation. Recent posts, for example, include how to increase your chances of quitting smoking for good and why quitting can be tougher for women than men.
Tweet them: @AlereWellbeing
American Lung Association’s Blog
No one understands the devastating effects of smoking quite like the American Lung Association (ALA). Their blog is an authoritative resource on everything from air pollution to the effects of lung cancer treatment.
Their posts discuss the science behind addiction and why quitting smoking is so difficult, how to eat right when you are being treated for lung cancer, and where the money that was once used to advertise smoking to kids is now going.
Tweet them: @LungAssociation
Sure, trying new things is fun, but kicking old, unhealthy habits is even better. At BecomeAnEx, you’re encouraged to join the ranks of thousands of other ex-smokers.
Dr. J. Taylor Hays, a professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and director of its Nicotine Dependence Center, blogs with authority on important parts of the quitting process, such as rewarding yourself for good behavior, what withdrawal symptoms and other things to expect when you quit smoking, and how to know when the “right time” to quit is.
Tweet them: @TheExTeam
The Happy Quitter
This inspiring blogger not only talks the talk (well, writes the write), but she’s already walked the walk of giving up the unhealthy habit — after 35 years of smoking.
The Happy Quitter is a great resource for anyone looking to quit smoking, with posts on the latest news and smoking cessation trends, but it’s not all tobacco-related. From political jokes to reflections on life, this is a good place to go if you’re in the mood for something surprising.
No matter how daunting it can seem at times, quitting is possible. If you don’t believe that, you should meet the more than 25,000 people in the iCanQuit community.
In the website’s “Stories and experiences” section, people share personal experiences of smoking cessation, whether they’re on day one or have been smoke-free for years. Their network and tips vetted by professionals are invaluable resources for people looking for support as they navigate a cigarette-free lifestyle.
Quit Day is dedicated to getting people off the cancer sticks, and giving them at least another 10 years of life in the process. Their blog focuses the reasons why you should quit smoking — from cleansing your lungs to protecting children from second-hand smoke — and offers advice on how to protect your loved ones from the effects of your smoking, as well as how to encourage others to not smoke.
They also evaluate the effectiveness of the various smoking cessation methods currently available.
Tweet them: @quitday
Calling itself “the last lighter you’ll ever need,” Quitbit is a “smart lighter” that both lights your cigarette and helps you track your smoking habits so you can cut smoking out one butt at a time.
What You Need to Quit Smoking from About.com
Terry Martin, a smoking cessation expert who blogs on About.com, covers all the bases when it comes to quitting smoking, from what side effects to expect after you quit smoking, to practical tips to help get you through your first week without smokes.
Are clove cigarettes a healthy alternative? And what do you mean there might be whale poop in my cigarettes? Terry’s got all the information you need, plus some tidbits you may not have ever even considered.
Tweet Terry: @AboutQuitSmoke
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