How to quit smoking?
We understand that quitting smoking is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face. These tips will help keep you motivated. Even more, they give you ways to change your behaviour so that you can stop smoking for good.
Tip 1: Make a date to quit.
Choose a date to quit smoking and stick with it. It’s a great way to mentally prepare to stop smoking.
Think about whether you want to quit completely or gradually and find the right product(s) that are right for you.
Tip 2: Put it in writing.
Make a list of the reasons you want to stop smoking and put it somewhere you’ll see it. This record can help you through the tough times when your resolve weakens.
Tip 3: Quit with a friend.
If you want to succeed in your mission to give up cigarettes for good, grab a friend who also wants to quit. That way, you can keep each other motivated, and you’ll know you’re not in it alone.
Tip 4: Use the money you save on cigarettes to treat yourself.
Remember, the average smoker spends around $20 a day on cigarettes, which is a whopping $600 a month.
Make sure you actually see the money you save. Set up a special account or just start a ‘quitting jar’, to store the saved cash. Then for the fun part - deciding how to spend it.
Tip 5: Surround yourself with support.
People understand that quitting is a real challenge and requires a lot of willpower, so surround yourself with their positive words of encouragement.
Tip 6: Identify what makes you crave a cigarette.
Strengthen your willpower by limiting or skipping triggers you commonly associate with smoking, such as drinking alcohol, coffee, or tea. If that’s the case, try drinking less when you first quit.
Tip 7: Keep busy to resist the urge to smoke.
Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, resist it by keeping busy. Make a list of five-minute strategies of things to do when a craving hits, like going for a walk, calling a friend, or drinking a glass of water.
Tip 8: Work out the stress.
Physical activity is a great way of dealing with the stress of quitting and cigarette cravings. Walk, run, swim, or take up a new activity.
Tip 9: Eat well.
Cigarette cravings can be confused with hunger pangs. Keep fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods handy for these moments.
Tip 10: Try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
NICORETTE® offers a range of NRT products which can help tackle cigarette cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms throughout your quit journey. By using NICORETTE®, you double^ your chances of quitting successfully versus willpower alone.
Tip 11: Don't fall at the first hurdle.
Psychologists have found that people persist in solving problems for longer when they’re told the problems are hard. Giving up smoking may be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do. However, your persistence will help you succeed, even if you occasionally relapse.
Tip 12: Rely on expert help.
Elite athletes have coaches, and successful people have mentors. It simply makes sense to use the help that you have available to give up smoking. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for expert advice.
Tip 13: Reward yourself.
Treat yourself at each milestone of your goals. Make the rewards meaningful, like buying something you’ve had your eye on.
Tip 14: Focus on the positives.
Think of all the positives of living smoke-free, such as being healthier overall and having more energy, better skin, whiter teeth, and a better sense of taste and smell. The less you think about smoking, the easier it will be to stay smoke-free
Tip 15: Find new ways to relax.
Help keep your mind off smoking by finding new ways to relax, such as deep breathing, light exercise, or reading.
Tip 16: Plan an ‘anniversary’ party.
Quitting smoking is no easy task – but if you give it your all and stay motivated, you’ll get there. If that’s not an excuse for a party, then we don’t know what is.
Why not promise your family and friends a celebration for your one-year anniversary as a non-smoker? It’ll be yet another positive target and reason to stay motivated, as well as an excellent way to share your achievement with your loved ones.
^ Stead LF, et al. Nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD000146. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000146.pub3.