How to quit smoking?
The first step is you need to want to quit. This is something you need to do, no one can do it for you or force you to do it.
The second step is to write down the reason why you decided to quit. It is good to tell your family and friends that you are quitting and why. They can help you get the support you need to quit and not start again.
The third step is to set a start date and do it.
The fourth step is to know the signs and symptoms of withdrawal. Things such as cravings, feeling sad or irritable, difficulty sleeping, some people feel like they have the flu. It is also important to know that these symptoms don’t last forever and usually lessen after 2 weeks.
The fifth step is to know your triggers. When do you usually light up? After eating, while having an alcoholic drink, going to work or coming home from work? Have a plan what to do when a trigger happens. Cinnamon sticks to have in your fingers, carrots to eat, gum chewing all can ease the triggering sensation. Avoid the situations that trigger smoking, if you can practically do that.
The sixth step get help if you need it. There is acupuncture, hypnosis, as well as several nicotine replacement medications, some that are over the counter. See you primary care provider if you are struggling.
The seventh step is have social support. Tell friends and family to get their help, there are several website that also offer support. Here are two examples- smokefree.gov and www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/index.html .
If you smoke, please consider quitting, it may save your life.