Resolution to Quit Smoking? Experts Say You need a Plan

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email


Many smokers will use New Years Day as the deadline to quit smoking. HelpGuide.org the key to success is to develop plan and strategies to help you stick with your goal.

Start your stop smoking plan with START
S = Set a quit date.

Choose a date within the next 2 weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change.

T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.

Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.

Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first 3 months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can't see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.

If do you slip up, experts say to turn the relapse into a rebound and learn from your mistake. Figure out the trigger that cause to smoke again and make a new plan that eliminates them.

Medical experts warn that smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. They say it contains the same addictive chemical, nicotine, contained in cigarettes.


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