National Kick Butts Day: 5 Tips to Quit
According to the American Heart Association, nicotine, the addictive substance found in tobacco, is one of the most difficult addictions to break. It is not surprising then, that of the 35 million tobacco users who will attempt to quit, 85% of them will relapse.
While the statistics appear to be grim, 15% of smokers (including smokeless tobacco users) are successful with tobacco cessation. Give yourself a chance to succeed; join the minority with these 5 tips:
Start NOW with a personal stop-smoking plan The plan starts with setting a quit date within the next two weeks to keep your motivation up and telling family and friends about your decision. You will need time to mentally prepare for the anticipated challenges that come your way as your stop-smoking campaign rolls along. To resist any temptation, remove all cigarette products from your home, car and office. Once you decide to kick the habit, remain in frequent touch with your doctor for any urgent help.
Avoid common smoking triggers People with the habit of drinking and smoking should go to bars and restaurants where smoking is prohibited. Avoid being around family and friends who are smokers, as temptation will be lurking. Post dinner smoking could be replaced with a piece of fruit or (occasionally) an ice-cream cone or piece of chocolate.
Manage your cigarette cravings It is suggested that you distract your mind from cravings by doing something active. Remove yourself from situations that trigger a craving. Finally, self-motivation through rewards is a positive way to manage cravings.
Cope with withdrawal symptoms Symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, tremors, restlessness, and headaches, among others. However, it is essential to ignore them, as these symptoms will decrease and go away within a week. Encouragement and cooperation from friends and family makes a huge difference.
Stop-smoking medication Replacing cigarettes with nicotine gum or a patch helps to break the psychological barriers. Used as a short-term solution, medications of this sort can make the first few weeks away from cigarettes more manageable.
If you have a plan in place and the support of your loved ones, quitting smoking will be the best health decision you will ever make! And not to mention the dental health benefits you get from quitting. Say goodbye to dry mouth, stained teeth, bad breath, and reduce your risk of oral cancer while you’re at it!
Do you have any suggestions for smokers who want to quit? Leave them in the comments.