Tobacco kills more people than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
When did smoking become a part of us?
You know the feeling: every time you light up a cigarette you think to yourself that you should really quit. But it’s hard. And we understand that. When you’re ready to toss your lighter, we have ways to help you quit.
LGBT and allied people who want to quit smoking or those who are thinking about quitting can seek help and support from the Colorado QuitLine – a free telephone coaching service for quitting tobacco that offers a FREE supply of the patch. To contact the QuitLine, call 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.coquitline.org for Web-based cessation tools.
The Colorado LGBT community was part of a recent initiative on tobacco-related disparities. Tobacco-related disparities are defined as higher-than-average rates of tobacco-related burdens affecting a population group. Please click here to read the full initiative report.
Here are some tips if you are thinking about kicking the habit:
- Talk to your doctor about your smoking and see the different types of options available for quitting.
- Access the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or on the web at www.smokefreeglbt.org for support and resources for quitting and staying quit!
- Know that quitting cold turkey works for some, but for most it is not successful. The most successful approaches to quitting smoking include combined strategies and a supportive atmosphere of friends and family.
Do you know someone that is trying to quit? Here are some tips for support:
- Avoid the traps. Your friend probably knows just how bad smoking is for their health. Telling them it’s bad or they should quit doesn’t motivate them: it just shows you don’t understand.
- Understand that this is big. If your friend tries to quit, they are doing something really big: changing a deeply ingrained habit that probably goes back to their childhood, that likely affects most aspects of their life, and that also has a nasty addiction attached to it.
- Think about support, not guilt! Most smokers try 7-8 times before they succeed at quitting. And each quit attempt moves them closer to the final success, especially if it lasts longer, or if it helps them reduce their number of cigarettes smoked daily. So, think about supporting their success and forgetting the guilt if your friend starts smoking again.