By Jennifer McClure, PhD, senior investigator and director of research, faculty, and development, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
With everything going on in the world right now, it is tempting to think this is not a good time to stop smoking, but I’d like to offer a counter perspective: This may be the best time in your life to give up tobacco.
Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world and made just about everything a little (or, who’s kidding, a lot) harder, but it also provides the perfect justification to finally decide to stop smoking. Here’s why:
When you are ready to quit, you can call 1-800-QUIT NOW to access free phone-based counseling or go to SmokeFree.gov to learn about other treatment options.
If you smoke, are not yet ready to quit, but are interested in learning more about the process so you are prepared when the time feels right, you may be eligible for one of our research studies. Learn more here.
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