I am thinking I need to quit!
Here are a few tips to help get you started.
Step 1: Have a plan
Once you’ve made up your mind to quit smoking and set the date, develop a plan.
Step 2: Don’t go it alone
It will be easier to quit smoking if you have support from family and friends. Let them know you’ve decided to quit, ask for their support, and tell them specifically what they can do to help. Spend time with people who want you to succeed. Talk to friends who have quit and ask for their advice.
Step 3: Stay busy
Replace your smoking habit with a healthy habit like exercise. Make plans for dinner or a movie with non-smoking friends. Instead of smoking, chew sugarless gum—it keeps your mouth busy and helps prevent cavities, too.
Step 4: Avoid smoking triggers
Stay away from people, places and things that tempt you to smoke. Some common triggers include stress, alcohol, coffee, and hanging out with people who smoke. Throw out cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays, and go to places where smoking isn’t allowed. Keep in mind that your addiction is emotional and physical. Along with emotional triggers, withdrawal symptom create physical triggers. You r addiction wants to control you! Preparing for those symptoms will arm you with the knowledge to push through. SEE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS PAGE
Step 5: Reward your accomplishments.
Quitting is hard. And, every hour or day you go without a cigarette is an achievement. Take it hour by hour, and reward yourself for small successes. With all the money you save on cigarettes, you can treat yourself to a stress-relieving massage or a pedicure!