Quitting tobacco is a big decision. For some, going cold turkey works well and others use aids like the patch or gum for a smoother transition to being nicotine free. However, for most quitting tobacco is easier with help. Health coaches are great resource for anyone considering quitting.
Most smoking cessation programs report quit rates that rarely exceed 30% at 6 months. A study published by Global Advances in Health and Medicine where Certified Health Coaches utilized the readiness to change model reports smoke free rates at 6 months of 76.9% and 12 months of 63.2%.
Health coaches are behavior change specialists. They provide ongoing support, accountability and are experienced with helping people make new lasting habits. Coaches never force their clients into setting quit dates. Rather, the coach guides the client to choose a date that works for them when they are mentally and emotionally ready.
Coaches use the readiness to change model. It is a valuable tool that helps people move toward making changes at their own pace. Below are the stages and examples of the thought progression of tobacco users as they move through the stages. People can migrate through the stages throughout their journey.
- Precontemplation stage: the person thinks using tobacco is not a problem
- Contemplation stage: the person thinks tobacco may be a problem
- Preparation stage: the person wants to quit tobacco
- Action stage: the person quits tobacco
- Maintenance stage: the person remains tobacco free
If you or someone you love uses tobacco and are interested in coaching support, HMC HealthWorks has Certified Health Coaches who can help! Click here to read more. There are also national resources available here: