What is Quit and Stay Quit Monday?
Quit and Stay Quit Monday is a new way to think about quitting smoking. The idea is to encourage people to use Monday as the day to quit, reinforce their quit, celebrate progress or get back on track after a relapse.
Research shows that people view Monday as the day for a fresh start. On Monday individuals set their health intentions for the week and are more likely to start or restart healthy behaviors, including quitting smoking.
As many as 70% of smokers who try to quit relapse and it takes an average of 7-10 times to quit for good. A weekly prompt can motivate more frequent quit attempts, one of the key objectives of the Institute of Medicine’s blueprint for ending our nation’s tobacco problem.
Benefits of Quitting
According to the American Cancer Society, Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.
Resources to help you quit
There are many ways for tobacco users to use Monday as their day to quit, recommit to quit, or quit again after a relapse. Use Monday to plan ahead by anticipating triggers and situations that create cravings. Monday is also a great day to seek social support or check in with a quit buddy. Quit and Stay Quit Monday offers a variety of free resources for quitters and cessation specialists on their website.
Syracuse University became a smoke and tobacco-free campus in July 2015 to provide a healthy, productive, respectful environment in which to work, learn and live. Syracuse University Wellness Initiative offers a variety of resources for staff and faculty who wish to quit. Syracuse University Health Services provides cessation support for students who wish to quit. Interested students may call 315-443-9005 to schedule an appointment with a provider.
SUNY Upstate Medical University became a tobacco-free campus in 2005 and since then has provided tobacco-cessation programs for employees, students and volunteers. SUNY Upstate offers tobacco cessation classes for members of the community through their Healthlink Program.
Call 1-866-NY-QUITS to speak with a quit coach or visit their website for more information.
Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you are a smoker, someone who uses smokeless tobacco or just someone looking for help for a friend or loved one, you can find the information you need at the American Cancer Society’s website.