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Once upon a time, cigarette smoking was seen as glamorous — a habit practiced by Hollywood starlets and gritty gangsters. But today, we know better.
Cigarette smoking kills 480,000 people every year in the United States alone, over 40,000 of them from secondhand smoke. Today, about 36.5 million American adults identify as current smokers, putting them and those around them at high risk for a host of conditions, including an array of cancers, stroke, heart disease, and several chronic conditions.
But quitting, even if you’ve been smoking for years, can reduce your risk for all of these things. That’s where these blogs come in.
Quit Smoking by Verywell
On their Quit Smoking portal, Verywell offers extensive coverage for smokers trying to quit. These posts are informative, well written, and even entertaining. Recent stop smoking topics include how quitting can affect the medications you take, signs of nicotine withdrawal, and how to resist the urge to smoke. Any one of these is useful reading for a smoker trying to quit. Put together, they make a catalogue you shouldn’t go without.
Tweet them @verywell
EACH Breath: A Blog by the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the largest nonprofit in the United States working to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Advocating for tobacco cessation is a big part of this. Their website is an essential source for folks trying to quit and in need of support. A series of posts called “#TheDayIQuit” is particularly impactful, sharing stories from folks across the country who have put the brakes on smoking, against the urges of their addiction.
Tweet them @lungassociation
You’ve likely seen the commercials from truth. They’ve take an honest and direct approach to ending tobacco addiction in the United States. Their slick website is loaded with information on how to stop the smoking epidemic and is particularly useful for those trying to quit. They also offer ways for you to get involved in fighting big tobacco both online and in person. Check them out!
Tweet them @truthorange
EX is an organization dedicated to supporting folks quitting smoking. They provide a wealth of resources on their website, including expert advice, community forums, and a feature to match smokers with accountability and support partners. The organization is a project of the Truth Initiative and Mayo Clinic. Recent posts discuss how smoking relates to weight management, why menthol should be taken out of cigarettes, and stress.
iCanQuit is an Australian organization dedicated to helping people reclaim their lives by quitting smoking. Their website features numerous tools to support quitters and the people around them. They can help you get started, find a way to quit smoking that fits your life, connect you with a community, and keep you on track throughout the months following your decision to quit. We like the “Stories and Experiences” section, where quitters share their experiences, including valuable lessons on how to get back on track after a slip-up.
The Happy Quitter
The Happy Quitter gave up cigarettes after 35 years of smoking. On her blog, she discusses how her life has changed after giving up this potentially deadly habit. But more than encouragement for smokers trying to quit, the blog is a place to find funny and heartwarming content, no matter your affinity for tobacco. Case in point: Her recent post proposing a new rating system for movies, with classifications like “DNA: Do Not Watch Alone” and “NB: Nailbiter.”
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose goal is to reduce tobacco use both in the United States and around the world. Their website offers a wealth of resources to this end, and their blog is packed with information on current events and news related to the fight against smoking.
Tweet them @tobaccofreekids
The Truth Initiative aims to make tobacco use a thing of the past, particularly among younger generations. To that end, they offer a plethora of information that can be of great help to smokers and former smokers alike. If you’re looking for additional reasons to quit, you’ll find them here, along with useful posts on vaping, how smoking affects the environment, and more.
Tweet them @truthinitiative
Whether you’re a current smoker or someone who quit months ago, your healthcare is important. You face increased risk of certain diseases and conditions — things that make doctor and pharmacy access crucial to your health. Optum works to make healthcare access easier for all, and they provide some high-quality content on quitting smoking. Here, you’ll find posts on knowing your triggers, tips for quitting, and how to get back on track after a slip-up.
Tweet them @optum