Quitting smoking can be tough if going at it alone

January 02, 2018 - 8:58 am
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(WWL.com)

Many people make quitting smoking one of their New Year’s resolutions. Louisiana is 47th out of 50 states for tobacco use, with over 22-percent of adults light up, one of the highest percentages in the nation. Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rogers says one of the main reasons people don’t succeed is they try to go it alone.

"95 percent of those people will be smoking again in one week from the day they try to stop.  It's the worst possible method in the world, it's what most people do." 
 
If people want to succeed, Rogers says to get rid of anything that may tempt you to light up.
 
"Remove every indication from your life that you ever smoked.  Get the paraphernalia out of your life.  All of that is going to help you not trigger, I need to light up." 
Rogers says the high rate of smoking in Louisiana can be linked directly to the tobacco companies themselves and the way they fabricate what they do.

"You've got Phillip Morris out there saying that "We're the non-smoking smoking company and the non-cigarette cigarette company." 
 
He adds if you don’t succeed this time, to keep trying. An average person quits at least eight times before succeeding.

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