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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Start 2024 with a renewed goal of being smoke free


BLOOMINGTON - JANUARY 10, 2024 – The new year is here, and it's a great time to make a fresh start on your tobacco cessation goal.

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"Tobacco is a hard habit to kick," said IU Health Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Kristen Terry. "Making a quit plan can help increase your chances of succeeding in this goal.” Terry said these plans combine quit smoking strategies to keep you focused, confident, and motivated to quit. They can also help identify challenges you could face as you stop and ways to overcome them.

Photo: IU Health Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Kristen Terry

People interested in smoking cessation are also encouraged to visit

The site has helpful tips for quitting and lists the following steps for having a successful quit plan:

 Pick a quit date

 Let loved ones know you are quitting

 Remove reminders of smoking

 Identify your reasons to quit smoking

 Identify your smoking triggers

 Develop coping strategies

 Have places you can turn to for immediate help

 Set up rewards for Quit Milestones

Call 1.800.Quit.Now to get help from a trained quit coach and get started on your plan. You can also call this number for free, evidence-based tobacco cessation support. Visit to learn more.

For local tobacco prevention and control efforts, visit the Tobacco Free Coalition of Monroe County on Facebook.  

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About Indiana University Health

Named the number 1 Hospital in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care.

A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at

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