Ready to quit smoking? Here are 10 tips to help ensure your success.
- Identify your smoking triggers. Keep a record of when you smoke to identify your triggers so then you can make a plan to manage triggers without smoking.
- Talk to your doctor. Consult your doctor before you quit smoking. Modern pharmaceutical treatments can make quitting easier. Moreover, tobacco may impact the way your body processes certain medications.
- Get support from your family and friends. Let them know you are quitting and that you want their help.
- Make a clean start. Throw away your cigarettes, hide your ashtrays, clean the house, your clothes, and the car if they smell like smoke -- anything to help make a break from the past.
- Make a list of reasons to quit. Look at it every time you are tempted to have a smoke.
- Keep objects around that you can put in your mouth. Items such as carrots, hard candy, even straws can give you something to do when you really crave a cigarette.
- Drink lots of water. Water will help flush nicotine from your system and reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
- Exercise. Not only will it make controlling your weight easier, it also gives you more energy and helps keep your mind off smoking.
- Get a hair cut. Anything you can do to draw a clear line between your life as a smoker and your new life as a non smoker will make quitting easier and making you more likely to stay smoke free.
- Find a quitting program nearest you. Log onto QuitNet.com or call your state department of health for information on local cessation assistance. Support is just a click or call away.
Information supplied by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and www.nj.quitnet.com. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids recently hailed New Jersey as one of "the nation's new leaders in tobacco prevention." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ranked New Jersey among the top 10 states committing substantial funding to tobacco control programs.
New Jersey's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program is designed to reduce the sickness, disability, and death among New Jerseyans associated with the use of tobacco and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
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