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Lung association offers help for those who want to quit smoking

December 29, 1999

TIMONIUM, Md. - If you haven't made your New Year's resolution to kick the habit, it's not too late.

American Lung Association of Maryland provides a variety of materials and resources to assist smokers in the quitting process.

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The Quit Kit is a free smoking cessation packet that includes a booklet of tips for quitting successfully, a summary of nicotine replacement therapies, strategies for weight control and a listing of smoking cessation programs in local communities.

The Lung Association also offers "7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life" for $11.25, which includes tax, shipping and handling, a comprehensive book that guides a smoker through a step-by-step program.

To receive these materials or locate a smoking cessation group in your community, contact American Lung Association of Maryland at 1-800-LUNG USA or write to American Lung Association of Maryland, 1840 York Road, Suite M, Timonium, Md. 21093.

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Try these tips:

* Look into the different kinds of self-help options available to smokers. These include Freedom From Smoking guidebooks, videotapes and audiotapes. All of these materials are available from the Lung Association.

* Pick a good time to quit. Don't try to quit when you're under a lot of stress.

* Be aware that smokers have different experiences when they quit. They may feel sleepy, excited, lightheaded, nervous or irritable.

* Be sure to get some exercise every day.

* Get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet and drink lots of water.

* Ask family, friends and co-workers to help. Having someone to take a walk with or just listen can give a needed boost.

Most smokers need to "practice" quitting several times before they make it for good.

The best advice is to keep trying.

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