Sometimes it helps to choose a special day to stop smoking. Some people pick holidays, others pick birthdays. Some people even pick Halloween.
Why Halloween? Well, over the past ten years Halloween has taken on a life of its own with sales of Halloween items skyrocketing. It has become a time for some people to express their individuality in how they decorate, the kind of candies they give away to trick-or-treaters, and most importantly in the costume they choose.
Halloween can be a great opportunity for some people to say, "Hey, I'm expressing myself in a new way - I'm quitting smoking on Halloween. My kids will be proud of me!" So, what do you think? With Halloween around the corner, why not consider making it your quit date and taking steps to gear up for a happier, healthier lifestyle!
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 more than 50,000 patients for tobacco dependence. Send your questions directly to Dr. Hurt at AskTheExpert@becomeanex.org