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© 2011 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
You Can Quit Smoking
Half of all people who have ever smoked have quit, and so can you.
1.
Talk to your doctor.
Your doctor may suggest over-the-counter
quit-smoking aids, like the nicotine patch, gum or nasal spray.
These supply small amounts of nicotine to help ease cravings
and lessen withdrawal symptoms.
2.
Enlist support.
Whenever you get the urge to smoke, call a
friend or family member to help talk you out of it. Stop-
smoking programs can also be helpful. Find one that meets at
least four to seven times for 20 to 30 minutes over a period of
at least two weeks.
3.
Manage the urge to smoke.
One strategy that helps is to get
rid of all cigarettes and ashtrays. To help relieve stress and
avoid situations you associate with smoking, exercise
regularly.*
Want help to quit smoking? Log in at
hap.org
and click the
My Health & Wellness
tab. From the right-hand column
choose
Member Programs.
HAP’s CareTrack
TM
program has
registered Nurse Health Coaches,
as well as behavioral health
specialists and pharmacists,
who will help you sort out any
questions or problems you may be
having with your health. Give us
a call toll-free at
(800) 288-2902.
Or if you’d like more information
or tools for any of the conditions
we discuss in this newsletter,
our website
hap.org
is a great
reference that is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
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Health Chronicle
Editor
2850 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202
By phone:
Toll-Free
(800) 288-2902
Editorial Committee:
Nancy Ruhl, R.N., M.S.A.
Richard Precord, M.S.W.
Bala Pai, M.D.
Pat Slone, R.N., C.C.M.
Deborah Marine, J.D.
Marketing Staf:
Anita Landino, Director
Meribeth Tyszkiewicz,
Senior Marketing Specialist