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QUITTING: Make 2017 the year to quit smoking for good

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Published: Jan. 12, 2017 at 4:26 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- Smoking rates are going down, but for long time smokers that doesn't make quitting any easier.

According to UW Health Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention, just 12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood begins to drop to normal.

"Once you quit you'll realize how much life is better without cigarettes and that you can quit. It is possible," said Mike Eheler, a former smoker.

But getting there is the tough part.

"You might not be ready to quit today or even next week but that doesn't mean there aren't steps that you should start taking to get yourself ready to quit," said Dr. Megan Piper, Associate Professor with UW Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention.

Piper suggests small steps like changing up where you usually smoke, reduce your number of cigarettes or try swapping a cigarette for a nicotine lozenge.

"If you try and it doesn't work it means you've learned one more thing you need to be aware of for the next time when you quit," said Piper.

If you would like to quit call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Call 800-784-8669. Quit coaches are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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