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Trying to Quit Smoking?

Smoking is both a physicial addiction and psychological habit, so whether you've recently started smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be hard.  Below are some tips to help you create a stop smoking plan:

  • Pick a date. Circle this date on a calendar or create an alert in your phone. This date will be the start of living a smoke free life. Choosing a date a couple weeks away will give you time to prepare and get ready for this lifestyle change.
  • Let the ones around you know that you are ready to quit smoking. Having the support of your friends and family make it easier to stick to your plan and follow through with quitting.
  • Get rid of all smoking reminders. This includes ash trays, lighters, cigarettes, and matches. Removing these temptations will help clear your mind and keep you on track.
  • Make a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Whether it’s to save money or improve your health, keep this list with you at all times or some place you will see it every day to remind you why you are on this journey.
  • Identify your smoking triggers and ways you can cope with them. Many medications are available over the counter such as Nicorette chewing gum. Other strategies include meditation and deep breathing, exercising and finding hobbies to keep your mind off of the craving to smoke.
  • Have places that you can turn to for immediate help. Call 1–800–QUIT–NOW (1–800–784–8669) to speak to a counselor who can answer any of your questions. Find a support group in your area to provide guidance and give you strength during this journey.
  • Set up rewards and milestones in this quitting process. Take this journey one day at a time and always remember each hour, each day, each week without cigarettes is a huge accomplishment and you should reward yourself. Treat yourself with your favorite meal, go to see a movie or find friends or family to enjoy a smoke free activity with. You are your biggest motivator, be proud of yourself and stay positive!

Most people try to quit several times before finally stopping smoking, so don't be discouraged if you start smoking again.  Identify the triggers that caused you start smoking, learn from your mistakes, and make a new plan.  Finally, make sure to talk to your medical provider when you decide to quit smoking so they can help and provide you with the support you need.