Are you one of
most smokers who really wants to quit? If so, then try following this advice:
1. Dont smoke any number or any kind of cigarette. Smoking even a few cigarettes a
day can hurt your health. If you try to smoke fewer cigarettes, but do not stop
completely, soon youll be smoking the same amount again. Smoking "low-tar,
low-nicotine" cigarettes usually does little good, either. Because nicotine is so
addictive, if you switch to lower-nicotine brands youll likely just puff harder,
longer, and more often on each cigarette. The only safe choice is to quit completely.
2. Write down why you want to quit. Do you want:
to feel in control of you life?
to have better health?
to set a good example for your children?
to protect your family from breathing other peoples smoke?
Really wanting to quit smoking is very important to how much success you will
have in quitting. Smokers who live after a heart attack are the most likely to quit for
good. They're very motivated. Find a reason for quitting before you have no choice.
3. Know that it will take effort to quit smoking. Nicotine is habit forming. Half of the
battle in quitting is knowing you need to quit. This knowledge will help you be more able
to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal that can occur, such as bad moods and really
wanting to smoke. There are many ways smokers quit, including using nicotine replacement
products (gum and patches), but there is no easy way. Nearly all smokers have some
feelings of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit. Give yourself a month to get over
these feelings. Take quitting one day at a time, even one minute at a time---whatever you
need to succeed.
4. Half of all adult smokers have quit, so you
can, too. Thats the good news.There are millions of people alive today who have
learned to face life without a cigarette. For staying healthy, quitting smoking is the
best step you can take.
5. Get help if you need it. Many groups offer written materials, programs, and advice to
help smokers quit for good. Your doctor or dentist is also a good source of help and
support. The following national groups have toll-free telephone numbers for information