5 Ways To Quit On This Great American SmokeoutNovember 18, 2021 6:00 pm
Each year the American Cancer Society joins healthcare professionals around the country to put a full court press on those who continue to smoke to get them to quit. Study after study after study have shown the damaging affects of smoking on your overall health and in shortening your life. The sooner you stop smoking the faster your body will heal from the damage that smoking has done.
Today, we’re going to take the opportunity to give you 5 things you can do to quit smoking. We know it is not easy. We know it will be tempting and that you are addicted. If you start with these 5 things you may get yourself to a point where you have kicked the habit for good.
- Start with a plan. Working with a plan for anything you’re trying to cut back on or give up entirely is the best way you can get the results you want. With no plan you’ll be moving from thing to thing and have no direction.
- Start small. Let’s say you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. Take today and cut back two of those cigarettes. Then give yourself a month with the fewer cigarettes. A few more months later you’ll have kicked the habit and will have barely been able to tell.
- Use gum or the patch. A mitigating strategy for smoking can be a replacement and a weening off of the nicotine using gum or other strategies that will help you reduce your cigarette intake.
- Get a partner. A partner will help keep you accountable and on track. A partner will also be a good place to turn if you’re craving a cigarette and you need someone to talk to about it. It’s best if you find someone who has already quit smoking, but anyone that will be a support to you will do.
- Find a new vice. Smoking is most certainly a vice, but you can try to replace it with another, healthier vice. Go for a walk when you feel like smoking. Eat a health snack. Listen to some music. Do anything you can do to distract you from taking another cigarette out of your pack.
There is no question that quitting will be a long road. It may take days, weeks, or even months to get yourself to a point where you can consider yourself a non-smoker. You will likely battle the cravings for years to come, but there is no better time then now to start the journey to becoming a non-smoker.
Before you take any drastic actions you may want to consult a medical professional.