How to create a quit smoking plan

Why it’s hard to quit

Learn to say “No” to tobacco

CWRV Transport is dedicated to keeping their driver’s as healthy as possible. This includes helping them stop smoking to better their health. There are many health risks when it comes to smoking. There are even more health risk when you are a driver smoking then if you had any other occupation.

Health Risks Include:

  • Exposure to your own second-hand smoke: As a driver, you are in an enclosed area. This can be toxic to you because then you are not only inhaling the smoke directly but you are also inhaling your own second-hand smoke.
  • Decrease in air quality: When you smoke residue and chemicals will stick to the upholstery and other porous surfaces. The surfaces are then disturbed throughout the day causing the smoke residue to reenter the air and decrease the quality of air in your truck.  
  • Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke: Smoking causes plaque build up. The plaque then sticks to the wall of the arteries making it more difficult for the blood to flow properly. This increases your chances of getting blood clots.
  • Attacks your immune system:  Smoking can lead to autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking compromises your immune system leading to these diseases.
  • Poor lung health: One of the most obvious health risks is your lungs healthy. Airways and air sacs (alveoli) are damaged when someone smokes. Smoking can also lead to lung disease, COPD, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

 

There are many resources out there to help you quit smoking. Several options include cessation products, support groups, helplines, and special chewing gum.

Several support lines include:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Your local doctor
  • Telephone quitlines: 1-800-227-2345
  • Support groups
  • Help from family and friends
  • The National Cancer Institutes’ Quit Smoking App

 

Whether you decide to quit cold turkey, use electronic cigarettes, or some other method to stop smoking you need to know it takes time. You may also have to keep trying. Surround yourself with plenty of support. Remember just because you end up back into smoking does not mean you are a failure. Use this opportunity to learn and figure out how next time you can better prepare yourself to quit.