How to quitQuitting 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. Believe that you can 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. Friends, family and co-workers can offer motivation and support.
- 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. Start cutting down on the number of cigarettes daily prior to your quit date.
- 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. Avoid places where people get together to smoke. Remove cigarettes from your car, home and work.
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 in order to help with stress and to minimize weight.
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- Addictive Behaviors 2011;36:1288–91