Dear Editor: It’s common during this time of year to think about positive changes we can make in the new year. If you’re a tobacco user and are considering your New Year’s resolution, then I encourage you to make a plan to go tobacco free in 2018.

There are many reasons to quit smoking or using tobacco, including reduced coronary heart disease risk within one to two years of quitting, and a reduced risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Quitting tobacco use won’t be easy, but it is definitely worth the effort. Here are some quit tips to help you meet your New Year’s resolution:

First, pick a quit date, then notify your friends and family so they can offer support along the way. Next, identify your smoking and tobacco use triggers and develop coping strategies. Finally, set up rewards for reaching quit milestones.

Free help is available in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. If you’re ready to go tobacco free, consider giving them a call at 1-800-QUIT NOW.

Sam Fralish

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Tobacco Free Columbia Dane County Coalition

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