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Calling It Quits In '9600 [Did You Know? 1 (NAPS)--Pledging to kick the nicotine habit is among the most common New Year's resolutions in America. In many cases, this resolution is broken soon after it is made. To help make 1996 the year when smokers' resolutions become a reality, here are ten tips to help smokers call it quits in '96. 1. Are you ready? Everyone around you wants you to quit smoking--but are you really ready to quit? Write down your reasons for wanting to quit and your fears about the quitting process. Prepare ways to over- come the barriers often associated with quitting, such as weight gain and stress. Think about healthy habits you can substitute in place of smoking, like drinking eight glasses of water a day or taking up exercise. 2. It's a physical thing. Nicotine is physically addictive. Many smokers find it difficult to endure nicotine withdrawal symp- toms such as cravings for tobacco, anxiety, headaches, fatigue and irritability. Ask your doctor what you can do to ease the intensity of these effects. Your doctor can pre- scribe a nicotine patch, like Nicoderm (nicotine transdermal system), and a free personalized support program to help you. 3. Get psyched. Decide when and how you want to quit. Set a realistic quit date--be sure to choose a week when you don't anticipate exces- sive pressure at work or at home. Give yourself time to determine how you can make quitting as easy as possible. Decide whether it's best for you to quit cold turkey or consider a program that can offer personalized support. 4. Be prepared to miss it. Smoking is an addiction. Be aware that you are giving up something that your body and mind are used to and something that you enjoy on many levels. No one will tell you it's easy. So, try to prepare yourself by creating a plan that will work best for you. 5. Toss 'em. That's right, you have to throw out all of your cigarettes. You should also get rid of ash- trays, lighters and matches, any- thing that makes smoking a ciga- rette possible. Make your home, car and office smoke-free--do not allow family members, friends or co-workers to smoke near you. 6. Spread the word. Quitting is often made easier when family and friends lend their support. Not only can they help you resist your temptation to pick up a cigarette--they can also hold you accountable. 7. Buddy-Up. You don't have to do it alone. Seek out a friend who will try quitting with you. Together you can encourage one another. 8. Resist the temptation. Overcoming your" tobacco crav- ings may seem impossible at times. Prepare for your urges to smoke-- keep gum on hand, go for a walk, exercise, figure out the best way to distract yourself when you crave a PERSONALFINANCES Give Yourself A Financial Checkup (NU) - Have you set financial goals, but don't know how to meet them ? FOllnders, a Dcnver-[')ascd invest- ment management company, sug- gests that you gic yourself a finan- cial checkup. Once you do thal, you'll be better able to figure out how to move goals closer to reality. To help achieve your financial goals, try to set aside a certain per- centage of your gross income each monlh. One relatively simple and con- venicnt way to do this is through the Founders" Automatic hwestment Plan, which authorizes your bank to make direct periodic paymenls lo your Founders Mutual Fund account. For more inlbmmtion about this plan. call I-8(X)-525-244() and press option 4 I. *** Abstract art is the kind where you are not distracted by reality. Leonard Levinson cigarette. Your urges wlll not go on forever. Time them and see how long they last and how frequently they occur each day. 9. One day at a time. Once you've decided to quit, set short term goals. If you can make it through the first week, your chances of remaining smoke-free increase substantially. 10. Reward yourself. As you set your goal, decide on a reward to go with it. When you wake up in the morning, choose a reward to use as an incentive to make it through that day without smoking. Or, every time you think about having a cigarette take a dollar and put it aside--at the end of the smoke-free day or week, treat yourself. If at first... you don't succeed, try, try again! Most smokers try to quit several times before they succeed. Even if you have smoked for a long time, remember that your chances of having a heart attack decrease just 24 hours after becoming smoke-free. (NAPS)---If you sew, or would like to, you might like the new Singer Tiny Tailor mending machine and the Tiny Surger machine. ... 0 According to Charles M. Vest, president of MIT, it's important for the government to continue funding university research. An interactive CD-ROM, Star Chasers, brings youngsters a new way of finding the spirit of Christmas. It can be ordered by calling 1-800-803-0377. For a sneak preview, visit the Starborn home- page: http'J/www.Starborn.scom. Tues. Dec. 19, 1995 Hinton News - 7 In Tokyo, workers called "pushers" cram passengers into crowded subway trains. 0O,00o, Have the merriest of holidays! Greetings from , Tony's 600 Stoke's Dnve 466-5261 -. .__- .. . __=_, May Christmas be your gateway to happiness and fulfillment. As you experience its divine rapture we express sincere gratitude. Et:IIII(]00; ...... he sounds o[ Santa's sleigh- ;.: bells Jill the air with music, and every home is kindled .:: :: : with the warmth o[ good cheer, i ................ ....... May you and your [amily enjoy all the blessings o[ this happy holiday season. Heartfelt thanks for your trust and support. We greatly enjoy the privilege ot serving you. Jam e s K err Real Estate Philip J. Gwinn. Landfill/y LE.P.A. 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