WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, millions of Americans faithfully make New Year's resolutions including quitting smoking. However, a recent survey with more than 1,000 former smokers conducted on behalf of the American Lung Association showed that 60 percent of people were not able to quit smoking on their first try and required multiple attempts to quit smoking.
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Helping more Americans quit smoking remains a top public health priority for the American Lung Association. A new smoking cessation campaign from the Association is available to the many smokers who may have given up on their resolution and provides resources and support for the "Quitter in You."
The survey also showed that the main reasons a smoker decides to quit are because of the costs of smoking (35 percent), and to improve their health (33 percent).
"Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. You can also save a considerable amount of money," said Charles D. Connor, American Lung Association President and CEO. "These results coincide with what we already know about the benefits of quitting smoking, to your health as well as financially. I encourage all smokers to make a plan to quit this year, talk to your doctor about how to quit smoking and utilize the support and resources available from the American Lung Association."
Support for the Quitter in You
The Quitter in You campaign is designed to change the way Americans look at quitting smoking by acknowledging that past attempts to quit smoking aren't failures or wasted efforts, but are normal and sometimes necessary steps along the way to quitting for good.
Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it does not always happen on the first try. But what many smokers don't realize is that they are not alone in their past quit attempts. The campaign features a new Web site called QuitterInYou.org. At the site, you can view stories and videos of successful quitters, share advice and other forms of support, as well as tap into national and local American Lung Association cessation resources.
The Association encourages all smokers to try to quit smoking in 2010, even if they have tried many times in the past, and has many supportive and motivational programs to help them on the journey to becoming smoke-free.
Along with the Quitter in You campaign, the American Lung Association provides a number of proven resources that have helped over a million Americans quit smoking for good.
Below are 10 tips from the American Lung Association to help smokers quit smoking for good in 2010.
Quitter in You is made possible though funding from Pfizer Inc.
About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.
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