Most people who smoke know that it is not good for them. Studies show that most people who smoke really want to break the habit. Yet they continue to smoke. Why? Because it's an addiction. Once you start smoking, quitting is tough! Quitting is hard, yet people quit for good all the time. One thing that can improve your chances of quitting smoking for good is to make a plan. When you make a plan, you prepare yourself as well as you can for the temporary discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. You put tools and ideas in place to get through it—and quit for good!
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Section 1: Ready?
A. What We Know
B. Haylie Calls
C. Step 1: Set a Quit Date
D. Step 2: Track Your Habit
E. Haylie’s Log
F. Steps 3 & 4: Prepare Your Environment
G. Step 5: Plan Things to Do
H. Step 6. Make a Motivational List
I. Step 7: Decide on a Quitting Strategy
J. Step 8: Get Informed
K. Step 9: Set Up Quit Milestones and Rewards
L. Step 10: Stop Smoking!
Section 2: Conclusion
C. Course Contributor
Dr. Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Legacy Foundation, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers. Between 1990 and 2002 he was President and CEO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During that time the Foundation made grant expenditures of almost $4 billion in pursuit of its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an EIS Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF he was the founding medical director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its division of general internal medicine. He has published extensively in the fields of clinical medicine, health care financing and organization, prevention, public health, the work force, and tobacco control. He is a director of the James Irvine Foundation, the Marin General Hospital, the Marin Community Foundation and the Robina Foundation, and former member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (for 19 years) and former chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine. He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation, was a Council member of the Institute of Medicine, an Overseer of Harvard, and President, the Harvard Medical Alumni Association. Disclosure: Steven A. Schroeder, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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