Matt Damon's Top 5 Tips To Quit Smoking

For Matt Damon, Aug. 5, 2004 was a life-changing day – the day he became a nonsmoker and put 17 years of pack-and-a-half days behind him. 

His motivation? He wanted to improve his health before he and his wife started a family. 

If you’re ready to be like Matt – a nonsmoker -- here are five steps:

S: Set a quit date
T: Tell family, friends and colleagues you’re quitting.
A: Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face.
R: Remove cigarettes from your home, car and work.
T: Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
You can read his whole story in the Winter 2013 issue of Vim & Vigor magazine.

Nov. 21 – The Great American Smokeout
A great time to quit is The Great American Smokeout, on Nov. 21, 2013. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking a key step into a healthy lifestyle.
Not sure how to get started? Visit for articles and information.
Don’t want to go it alone? Gwinnett Medical Center offers Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes. This 4-part class is offered quarterly, and helps you develop a personalized quit plan. Plus, it’s written by the American Cancer Society, and is offered free of charge. To register, visit The next session starts Dec. 2, 2013.


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