Archive for January 5th, 2010

Quit Smoking with Mercy Health Plans

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Is your new years resolution to quit smoking?  With information from Mercy Health Plans you can succeed this year.  The Mercy Health Plan System is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.  They serve the health care needs of patients throughout Missouri and in Arkansas, Kansas, & Oklahoma.  Mercy is dedicated to helping their members obtain healthy lifestyles.  One of the most important ways to do this is by quitting smoking.  While there are national and statewide phone numbers and programs to help you quit, Mercy has some additional tips and information to help you succeed.

The first step to quitting smoking is just thinking about doing it.  Let doctors, friends, and family know that you want to quit so that they can help you along the way.  Your chances of quitting actually double with medications like nicotine replacement.  A few weeks of nicotine replacements like gum, the patch, or a prescription can help get you through the toughest cravings and difficulty.  Since many people smoke as a stress release, it is important to find another way to relieve stress like taking a walk or calling a friend.

Most people try to quit smoking around eight times before they succeed, so hang in there and know that you are not alone.  Get ready to quit by selecting a date, getting any medications you need, and throwing away all ashtrays and lighters around you.  It is crucial to change your routines so that you don’t crave a cigarette at the usual times.  Ask for support to keep you on track.  The National Quit Hotline and numerous other support programs throughout the country can assist and keep you on track.