Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

It’s Never Too Late To Quit

Oct 24, 2013 | Posted in Step 1: Are You Ready To Quit?

If you are like most smokers, you know all of the reasons for quitting. You’ve heard them over and over, you probably even agree that they all make sense. However, for every reason to quit you have most likely justified a reason for not quitting — reasons like these:

“I don’t need to quit — I’ll just switch to light cigarettes, or smoke less.”

This may seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, many people change the way they smoke when they move to a lighter cigarette. For instance, they may take bigger or more frequent puffs to get the amount of nicotine they need. These changes often affect the amount of tar they get from a cigarette and cancel out the benefit of smoking the lighter cigarette.

“I feel sick when I don’t smoke.”

You aren’t sick. These physical withdrawal symptoms you feel during the healing process will pass within a week or two (more about withdrawal symptoms will follow). They can be very uncomfortable, but the worst of them usually pass within a couple of days and they certainly won’t kill you.

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