of LGBTQIA+ on Guam are smokers
On Guam, 49% of LGBTQIA+ survey respondents over the age of 18 who took GALA’s 2015 Health and Wellness Needs Assessment, reported being current smokers. This is much higher than the adult smoking rate on Guam. If you are a current smoker and would like to quit, here are some tips below by Smokefree.gov that may help.
STEP 1: MAKE A QUIT PLAN
Having a plan can make your quit day easier. A quit plan gives you ways to stay focused, confident, and motivated to quit. You can build your own quit planor find a quit program that works for you. Check out SmokefreeTXT, QuitGuide app, or a quitline like 1-800-QUIT-NOW
(1-800-784-8669) or 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) to get started. If you don’t know what quit method might be right for you, visit the Quit Smoking Methods Explorer to learn more. No single approach to quitting works for everyone. Be honest about your needs. If using nicotine replacement therapy is part of your plan, be sure to start using it first thing in the morning.
STEP 4: STAY POSITIVE
Quitting smoking is difficult. It happens one minute... one hour... one day at a time. Try not to think of quitting as forever. Pay attention to today and the time will add up. It helps to stay positive. Your quit day might not be perfect, but all that matters is that you don’t smoke—not even one puff. Reward yourself for being smoke-free for 24 hours. You deserve it. And if you’re not feeling ready to quit today, set a quit date that makes sense for you. It’s OK if you need a few more days to prepare to quit smoking.
STEP 2: STAY BUSY
Keeping busy is a great way to stay smokefree on your quit day. Being busy will help you keep your mind off smoking and distract you from cravings. Think about trying some of these activities:
Get out of the house for a walk
Chew gum or hard candy
Keep your hands busy with a pen or toothpick or play a game in the QuitGuide app
Drink lots of water
Relax with deep breathing
Go to a movie
Spend time with non-smoking friends and family
Go to dinner at your favorite smoke-free restaurant
STEP3: AVOID SMOKING TRIGGERS
Triggers are the people, places, things, and situations that set off your urge to smoke. On your quit day, try to avoid all your triggers. Here are some tips to help you outsmart some common smoking triggers:
Throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ash trays if you haven’t already.
Avoid caffeine, which can make you feel jittery. Try drinking water instead.
Spend time with non-smokers.
Go to places where smoking isn’t allowed.
Get plenty of rest and eat healthy. Being tired can trigger you to smoke.
Change your routine to avoid the things you might associate with smoking.
STEP 5: ASK FOR HELP
You don’t need to rely on willpower alone to be smoke-free. Tell your family and friends when your quit day is. Ask them for support on quit day and in the first few days and weeks after. They can help you get through the rough spots. Let them know exactly how they can support you. Don’t assume they’ll know.
Quitting is possible. Here are additional resources to help you quit smoking:
Guam Tobacco Quitline
American Lung Association
American Cancer Society,
Quit for Life