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Top New Year's Resolutions and How To Keep Them: Quitting Smoking

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost 50 million smokers have successfully quit.

Since 2002, the number of former U.S. smokers has exceeded the number of current smokers.

Some people said New Year's Resolutions stem from an Albert Einstein quote.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results," said Paula Flint, Life Coach. "That's what we do every year when we have a new years resolution. They think this year I'm going to do it."

One of the top five New Year's Resolutions every year is to quit smoking.

"We know that smoking and tobacco products causes 85 to 90 percent of the lung cancer cases," said Tricia Julian, Program Coordinator for Oncology Services at Fairmont General Hospital.

Smoking is an addiction and it's not easy to quit.

"I had two patients in previous classes who were former cocaine and heroin addicts who told me that quitting those drugs was easier then quitting smoking," Julian said.

Statistics show that every cigarette smoked takes time off of your life span.

Non-smokers are expected to live an additional 15 years longer then those addicted to nicotine.

Professionals said the only way to change those statistics is to break the habit.

If you are serious about quitting, you have plenty of options.

Fairmont General Hospital offers smoking cessation classes every three months.

"Those classes consist of four one hour sessions, it's held one night a week for four weeks," Julian said.

Life coaching can also be an option.

"As a life coach I work with people with cognitive skills," Flint said. "How to make their life more enjoyable."

Even massage therapy can help a smoker quit.

"Massage therapy can benefit the person who wants to quit smoking by helping the body eliminate toxins," said Colleen Linger. "It increases circulation therefore it helps the body get rid of the chemicals that have build up over time from smoking."

For more information on the Smoking Cessation Classes at Fairmont General Hospital, contact Tricia Julian at 304-367-7247.

If you are interested in Life Coaching or Massage Therapy at Heal Your Life Center in Bridgeport, call 304-842-6160.
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