How to Quit Smoking
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times. ~ Mark Twain
Quitting is easy. Staying quit is harder. This is why it is so important to prepare and plan to quit. It's not easy as putting down the cigarettes. What are you going to do now that you are not going out for a smoke break? What do you do while you are drinking your morning coffee? What is going to keep your commute smoke-free?
Research shows that people who prepare to quit are more likely to stay quit. Smokers that use both professional help and pharmacotherapy (patches, nicotine gum) are twice as likely to be successful.
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW for help in preparing to quit. This free service provides coaching to help tailor a plan for you. Right now, the Quitline is also giving free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (nicotine patches). Things you can talk to your coach about:
- The reasons that you want to quit.
- Setting a quit date.
- Making a list of your "triggers" (when do you want to have a cigarette) and what could you do (instead of smoking).
- Talking to your doctor about medications that might be helpful.
- Getting support from family and friends.
- How to get through cravings.
Practice the Four D's:
- Do something else
- Delay having each cigarette
- Deep breathing
- Drink water