Smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. Despite its severe health risks, smoking can often be a source of stress reduction or social lubricant. On top of that, the nicotine present in cigarettes is highly addictive, and will result in withdrawal symptoms once you start attempting to reduce. If quitting or reducing is something you want to do in the new year, here are some suggestions that might help you get on the right track:
- Do not buy cigarettes at a familiar store: Make yourself go out of your way.
- Switch brands: If you regularly smoke menthols, switch to non-menthols.
- Choose only one location to smoke: Don’t allow yourself to smoke wherever and whenever you feel the urge.
- Do nothing else: Don’t read a book, watch TV, or drink coffee while you smoke. Don’t associate it anything pleasurable!
Any small step forward is a win when you are trying to quit, even if you end up taking two steps back. Even the decision to start trying is a step in the right direction. Making a plan will help you stick to your goals, and always remember to ask for help if you need it.
TN Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669
Church Health Smoking Cessation: 901-701-2199