Chris Guerrieri, a graphic designer at Independence Blue Cross, had been a two-pack-a-day smoker for ten years. He felt exhausted, sick, and older than his 33 years. He was tired of using nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine as a crutch, and was ready to change his life.

Chris had tried to quit before — the gum, the patch — but nothing worked. He knew that he had an addictive personality (two packs a day, two pots of coffee a day —sense a pattern?) and that quitting everything cold turkey was the way to go. For him, it was easier get rid of all his bad habits at once and replace them with more positive habits, so he decided to quit smoking, alcohol, and caffeine.

It’s Always a Great Time to Quit

Smoking is a habit that 34 million Americans still partake in. You probably know many of the reasons why you should quit smoking and perhaps you’ve even tried to quit once or twice. If you weren’t successful the first time around, don’t lose hope. With the right support and a genuine desire to rid your life of tobacco, you can quit for good.

3 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Get STARTed

So you’ve made the commitment to quit smoking. Congrats on taking the first step! Now, where to begin? Just S-T-A-R-T and take it day by day.

S = Set a quit date.

T = Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Get Support from IBX

No two people are the same, so while one method of quitting may work for your friend, it may not work for you. That’s why IBX supports different approaches to quitting:

Whatever method you choose, know that with support you can break the habit for good. And once you do, you’ll discover the many benefits of going smoke-free.

* Certain designated intervention medications will not be subject to any cost-sharing or deductibles, but will be subject to the terms and conditions of your benefits contract, including age and gender requirements

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