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How to quit

Quitting smoking is amongst the best things you can do for yourself and your family. But the process of quitting takes more than willpower. It is a process that needs the smoker and his or her supporters to work together with the right motivations. A smoker has a better chance of quitting by seeking professional and personal help.

The following is a list of things that you need to consider while quitting smoking – click on the icons below to know more:

  • Stay committed.

    Stay committed. Believe that you can quit.

  • List down the reasons to quit.

    List down the reasons to quit. E.g. for good health, for your loved ones. Write them down & read them daily; keep yourself motivated.

  • Tell people about your plan.

    Tell people about your plan. Friends, family and co-workers can offer motivation and support.

  • List down the reasons to quit.

    Fix a firm date. Mark your calendar. Choose a time that is not particularly stressful and that does not involve situations associated with smoking. 2

  • Reduce smoking.

    Reduce smoking. Start cutting down on the number of cigarettes daily prior to your quit date.

  • Talk to your doctor about quitting.

    Talk to your doctor about quitting. Support and guidance from a physician is a proven way to better your chances to quit.

  • Remove smoking from your life.

    Remove smoking from your life. Avoid places where people get together to smoke. Remove cigarettes from your car, home and work.

  • Anticipate withdrawal symptoms

    Anticipate withdrawal symptoms, such as cigarette cravings, irritability & restlessness, even with nicotine replacement therapy. These symptoms usually peak at 1–3 weeks but generally become manageable within a few weeks.1

  • Eat healthy and stay active

    Eat healthy and stay active in order to help with stress and to minimize weight.

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References:
  1. JAMA 2006; 296(1):130.
  2. Addictive Behaviors 2011;36:1288–91