03 Oct

Top 10 Tips for Quitting Smoking

No matter how many years you have smoked, it is a great idea to quit. Quitting smoking will improve your health, greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer or heart disease, and extend your life. Remember that you are never too old to quit. The following tips are the ten best tips for quitting smoking. If you apply all of them, you will greatly improve your chances of giving up for good. You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain.

Tip 1: Find the method that works best for you. There is no such thing as a technique of quitting that works for everybody. For some people, it is the “cold turkey” approach where you simply stop smoking. Other people find that a gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes that they smoke in a day is the best method. Some people are successful with the aid of one or more of the many products that can be purchased on the market, such as electronic cigarettes or nicotine patches. Do what you think is best for you and don’t be afraid to try a number of different techniques.

Tip 2: Set yourself a date on which you will quit. Try to make this date sooner rather than later. Commit yourself to this date and work towards it. Make all of the necessary preparations before the big day. If you feel very confident, make today the day that you quit smoking.

Tip 3: Tell your family, friends and work colleagues that you plan to quit. Ask them to help you. One way that they can help you is by not smoking around you or offering you cigarettes. Quitting with your partner or a close friend will increase your chances of successfully quitting. Build a support network among family, friends and work colleagues.

Tip 4: Throw away any cigarettes, lighters, matches, ashtrays and other smoking related items. Do not merely put them away – throw them in the bin where they belong. Air out your home. Wash your clothes. Clean your car. Do everything you can to get rid of the smell of smoke.

Tip 5: Consider the various nicotine replacement therapies and other associated products on the market. There is a wide array of electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches, chewing gums, inhalers and prescription drugs that have helped people to quit smoking. Talk to your general practitioner or health professional about what is available and what they recommend.

Tip 6: Be aware that there are situations in which you will be tempted to have a cigarette such as parties and other social gatherings. Plan ahead for these situations. It is a good idea to avoid these situations in the early stages of the quitting process. Alternatively, sit in a non-smoking section if one is available. If there are things that trigger your smoking, such as coffee, alcohol or telephone conversations, make small changes that break the habit. Try drinking your coffee with the other hand or while standing up. Carry something around that you can use to keep your hands busy.

Tip 7: Think about all of the reasons that you want to quit smoking and about all of the positive benefits of quitting. Write this down on a piece of paper and carry it around with you all of the time. Keep it next to your bed at night. Let it serve you as a constant reminder of why quitting smoking is one of the best things that you can do in your life.

Tip 8: Learn how to deal with cravings. There are a number of things you can do when you have the urge to have a smoke. One of the best methods is to have a drink of water. Another method is to close your eyes, breathe deeply and concentrate on something else. The trick is to do something: go for a walk, call a friend, eat a piece of fruit, brush your teeth. Anything other than lighting a cigarette. Remember that most cravings pass after a few minutes.

Tip 9: If you drink a lot of coffee or if coffee is one of the triggers for your smoking, it is a good idea to cut down on the amount of coffee that you drink. Remember that caffeine is a stimulant and it will make you jittery. If you smoke when you drink alcohol, it is a good idea to avoid alcohol while you are quitting.

Tip 10: Give the friendly and helpful people at the National Tobacco Campaign’s Quitline a call on 137 848. They can help you deal with any issues that you might have.