When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, quitting smoking ranks pretty high. And for good reason—smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. As we enter 2022, the importance of lung health in battling COVID-19 may provide even more motivation to quit. 

For individuals who’ve made a resolution to quit in 2022, it’s best not to do it alone. Powering one’s way through a quit attempt is almost destined to fail. Developing a quit plan tailored to your particular needs, speaking with your healthcare provider and setting up a support system will increase the odds of success exponentially. Smokers can call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) to make a plan today.

As important to health as it is for smokers to quit, it’s equally important for communities to address the harms caused by tobacco by reducing the availability, accessibility and affordability of tobacco products. The tobacco industry works hard (and spends billions of dollars) to recruit new smokers, almost all of whom are under 18 years of age. That means we have to work even harder to stop them in their tracks. 

To learn more about how communities can create a tobacco-free generation, visit the Tobacco Marketing page on our website.