Lots of people think of cigarettes as old friends that make them feel better when they are upset or stressed.
Cigarettes are not your friends, though. All they do is make you sick.
You probably already know that smoking is bad for you. You may even be ready to quit. Congratulations! Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.
If you’ve tried to quit before, you know it’s not easy. Don’t get discouraged. Most people try to quit a couple of times before they succeed. Every day that you don’t smoke is a victory for your health. The third Thursday of every November is the Great American Smoke-out. Join people from across the country and use that day to quit.
If you want to quit, use these steps to help you break your habit.
Decide to quit and set your quit date. What is your reason for quitting? Thinking about why you want to quit will help when you get a craving.
Let the people around you know you’re quitting. Ask for their support
Get ready for cravings. Know what makes you want to smoke and make plans to avoid your triggers. Decide if you want to use medicine or counseling to help you quit. Buy toothpicks, gum, straws, or something else to put in your mouth when you want a cigarette.
Get rid of your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays. Take back control from tobacco and just throw it all away.
Take it day-by-day. When you get a craving, recognize that it’s happening. Take deep breaths. Move around. Drink some water. Remember that it will get easier. Ask for help and support when you need it. CHPW members can work with expert coaches and get free help with quitting through our Quit For Life program. Learn more at www.quitnow.net or call 1-866-784-8454 to sign up.
Enjoy not smoking. Notice the good changes. You can breathe easier. Your skin looks better. You can taste more flavors in food. You don’t smell like smoke. You have more money. Your loved ones are proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself.
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