January 1, 2023
It is NEVER too late to quit smoking! Now is the perfect time to commit to yourself and your health and kick the habit. Pick a “quit date,” which will be your “I stopped smoking anniversary,” and talk to your pharmacist. Pharmacists can support you through your journey by giving you tools to quit and, in some states, can prescribe medicines to help you become smoke-free. Within three days of quitting, your chance of a heart attack decreases and your taste and smell begins to improve. Within three months of quitting, you will find
that your lungs work better and you have more energy. As the smoke-free years continue, your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer decreases. In addition to health benefits, you will also notice improvements in your finances — smoking one pack per day costs over $2,000 per year!
Set your quit date, tell a friend or family member (encourage them to quit with you if they smoke too), and talk to your local pharmacist. Take things one day at a time and don’t forget to celebrate milestones. Remember not to get frustrated or disappointed in yourself if you have a weak moment. Quitting smoking takes willpower, but you can do it. Congratulations on making a commitment to a healthier you!
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.