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Drop it like it’s hot: how to encourage friends and family to quit smoking

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 15:02:04-05

Brittany Karzen, Tobacco Prevention and Control Marketing Manager along with Shelley White, a former smoker share keys to successfully quiting tobacco.

It takes Persistence to 'Drop It Like It`s Hot'
• January is prime quitting time, and we know that 73% of smokers plan to quit this year. Today is the day to set a quit date!
• We know that quitting tobacco is hard and that it takes most quitters an average of 2 to 11 times to be successful.
• It is easy to get discouraged when you decide to quit, and you are not successful the first, fourth, or even tenth time.
• We found quitters from all over the state that are a testament to the fact that success is not about how many times you fail but how many times you are willing to try. provides several free resources:

  • Utah Tobacco Quit Line 1.800.QUIT.NOW
  • Online coaching services (
  • Text support (Text the word QUIT to 47848)
  • Suggestions for getting help from physicians, along with tips and tricks.