Tobacco Fact File




What’s the secret to quitting?


There is no secret. It’s hard work. And to succeed, you’ll have to set your will. And really want to quit. You’ll need a reason to quit. And if you’re like most people, you’ll need help. From a quit coach. And your own support system. Keep thinking about why you want to quit. Picture your life without cigarettes. It’ll help when the cravings hit. As you already suspect, nicotine is both addictive and habit forming.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve developed a whole routine just around your smoking habit. You have a favorite brand. A favorite place to buy cigarettes. A favorite place to smoke.  Favorite friends to smoke with. Favorite activities that trigger your smoking. They can each act as a hook to, well, keep you hooked.

If you’ve tried to quit smoking, you know how addictive it is. For some people, it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. 

To quit, you have to declare war on your smoking addiction. You can beat it. But you’ll have to want it bad enough to make your word good. For quits.

Spend a few minutes reading through this section. It’ll help you prepare for what’s ahead.



Targeting kids under the legal smoking age.

3000 kids a day start smoking cigarettes.  One in three will die from it.  Especially disturbing is that almost nine out of ten adult smokers report that they were addicted as kids. Big tobacco companies know that the best, most profitable way to make money is to get kids hooked early.  And while some tobacco companies tell the public that they support youth tobacco prevention, Philip Morris and other tobacco companies continue to spend $15.5 million a day, $5.6 billion a year, on marketing, much of it in magazines and other venues that impact kids. 


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