Resources for People with Disabilities Who Want to Quit

A Quitter’s Journey Using American Sign Language Video

This is the story of a woman who was able to quit smoking after joining a quit smoking now class. She started smoking while she was going through a divorce and smoked for over twenty years. The most diifcult trigger for her was being alone and having time for herself. She quit with the help of gum and patches and has remained smoke free for almost two years. Celebrate her journey to being tobacco free.


Downloadable Quit Smoking Now! Audio Tracks

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  1. Welcome [mp3]
  2. General Effects [mp3]
  3. Other Tobacco [mp3]
  4. Secondhand Smoke [mp3]
  5. Quitting [mp3]
  6. Pharmacotherapy [mp3]
  7. Managing Addiction [mp3]
  8. Barriers to Quitting [mp3]
  9. Benefits to Quitting [mp3]
  10. The 4Ds [mp3]
  11. What to do Instead [mp3]
  12. Nutrition and Exercise [mp3]
  13. Preventing Relapse [mp3]

Part One - Welcome

You are about to return to a world you once knew—the world without tobacco. Congratulations! Each year, 70% of smokers want to quit and 46% try on their own and do not succeed. Quit Smoking Now! provides the information and tools needed to become tobacco free. And, it’s not just for smokers. ALL tobacco users are invited to participate. (2m:25s)

Part Two - General Effects

The effects of smoking kill more than 400,000 Americans every year. One in every five deaths that occur each year in the United States is a result of smoking. This makes tobacco use the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. (3m:23s)

Part Three - Other Tobacco

When speaking of tobacco, many people think of cigarettes, however there are other forms of tobacco that are just as dangerous. Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. In an American Cancer Society study, men who switched from cigarettes to snuff or chewing tobacco had higher death rates from heart disease, stroke, cancer of the mouth and lung, and all causes of death combined than smokers who stopped using tobacco products altogether. (3m:48s)

Part Four - Secondhand Smoke

If someone in the household smokes, everyone who lives or visits is subject to secondhand smoke (SHS). Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and more than 53,000 non-smokers die in the U.S. each year as a result of secondhand smoke. (2m:44s)

Part Five - Quitting

Begin the journey by setting your Quit Day. Enlist support by telling your friends, family members, and others involved in your decision to quit tobacco. Tell them about Quit Day. (2m:20s)

Part Six - Pharmacotherapy

Using medication to help you quit can double your chance of success. Many people will choose to use over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to quit tobacco. These are nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges. (2m:23s)

Part Seven - Managing Addiction

Nicotine has been reported as more physically/psychologically addictive than heroin or cocaine, and triggers chemicals in the brain that increase pleasure and reduce anxiety. This exposure produces lasting changes in the brain through a reward pathway. Quitting tobacco involves “retraining” the brain’s reward pathway, as nicotine levels are reduced during the quit process. (2m:34s)

Part Eight - Barriers to Quitting

Almost ALL tobacco users create obstacles to quitting. These are back doors that they leave open just in case they need an excuse for why they didn’t quit. In reality these back doors will keep them from quitting. Here are some of the roadblocks that keep people from successfully quitting. (4m:09s)

Part Nine - Benefits to Quitting

Right now it may be difficult to concentrate on the benefits of quitting tobacco. However, there are many very important reasons for quitting. Please think about these items and decide which are the most important to you. Then concentrate on them when the urge hits you. (2m:08s)

Part Ten - The 4Ds

You may feel withdrawal symptoms when you quit tobacco. A major withdrawal symptom is the strong craving to smoke/use tobacco. The 4 D’s listed here can help you deal with cravings. Keep in mind that your symptoms will decrease as time away from tobacco increases. (6m:06s)

Part Eleven - What to do Instead

The following tips can help people quit all types of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, spit tobacco, etc.) Identify the ones that apply to you the most and begin to put them into practice in your life. (16m:14s)

Part Twelve - Nutrition and Exercise

Nicotine is responsible for increasing your metabolism. Once you quit, your metabolism slows down and you burn fewer calories, resulting in weight gain. Also, nicotine can serve as an appetite suppressant; many people rely on this to keep their weight down. (5m:46s)

Part Thirteen - Preventing Relapse

Millions of Americans quit for a while and then return to smoking/tobacco use. When this happens it is not necessarily a failure. Each quit attempt provides valuable information about the process of quitting. Keep trying! (3m:32s)