Quitting smoking is one of the best choices you can make to improve your overall health, but it’s also extremely difficult. The following are some suggestions to get you started on your journey to being smoke-free:
Make a quit plan. A quit plan will help you stay focused and motivated. This plan should outline your quit date, reasons for quitting, smoking triggers and ways you intend to fight cravings. You can build your own quit plan from scratch or with help from Smokefree.gov.
Avoid smoking triggers. These triggers differ from person to person, but include the people, places, things and situations that set off your urge to smoke. In general, it’s a good idea to spend time with friends and family who can encourage you or in places where smoking isn’t allowed
Try smoking cessation tools, like nicotine patches. While some individuals have used e-cigarettes to limit cigarette usage, the long-term health impact of these devices has yet to be seen. In general, it’s better to try and quit cold turkey.
Focus on the benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle. Within a few days of quitting, you may notice that your sense of taste and smell is improving. In addition, as you quit, your breathing will become easier and your smoker’s cough will lessen over time. Best of all, quitting smoking will extend your life expectancy.
Don't be discouraged if you slip up. One cigarette is better than an entire pack, but that doesn't mean you can safely smoke every now and then. Speak to a doctor for more ideas on how to quit smoking.