Quitting – a Personal Transformation?

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Jul 28, 2009
For some people, stopping tobacco use may come to mean more to them and their lives than they ever anticipated. When a person makes one healthy commitment, often other healthy behaviors will follow. For instance, deciding to get more physical activity or to eat more nutritious food may seem like easier choices to make once you have made the commitment to stop smoking.

When you quit you may find that you have more time, money, and energy for other activities, hobbies, or pursuits. Sometimes people pick up a favorite but long-neglected activity such as participating in an organized sport or club. Others feel excitement to try something new like painting or photography.

In short, stopping tobacco use can be a personal transformation that begins a kind of “domino-effect.” You may start to think healthier and make healthier choices, invest your saved money in pursuing new or forgotten interests, and have more time and physical and financial resources to spend on family and friends.

What will stopping mean for you? Go to BecomeAnEX.org and start your quit plan.

Dr. Richard D. Hurt is an internationally recognized expert on tobacco dependence. A native of Murray, Kentucky, he joined Mayo Clinic in 1976 and is now a Professor of Medicine at its College of Medicine. In 1988, he founded the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and since then its staff has treated over 33,000 patients for tobacco dependence. Send your questions directly to Dr. Hurt at AskTheExpert@becomeanex.org