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5 Tips to Quit Smoking: The Right Way

We all know what smoking does to our health, but it’s hard to break the addiction.

Some people have tried everything and are still unable to quit for good. Quitting is a process that requires time and commitment.

The following tips will provide you with an effective plan for quitting smoking for good!

  1. Make a plan. Learn about strategies to curb cravings and enlist the help of your support system. It’s important to make a nicotine cessation plan that works for you! Our free Freshstart program can help you come up with the best strategies to quit for good. Classes meet one hour a week for four weeks. We’ll help you develop skills for coping with cravings and provide extra motivational and educational support.
  1. Get rid of anything smoking-related. Remove all smoking-related items from your car, home or workplace, including ashtrays, cigarettes, lighters and matches. Also, consider stocking up on substitutes like candy, chewing gum, mints, straws and toothpicks.
  1. Reflect on your past attempts to quit smoking. Write down what you’ve tried in the past and think about why they didn’t work. Then, commit to a smoking cessation plan that is realistic for your lifestyle and personality type. Keep your plan in a place where you can see it every day.
  1. Surround yourself with nonsmoking friends and activities. If smoking has become an important part of how you socialize or relax with friends at the end of the day, it may be time to make new plans and find healthier ways to unwind. Hang out with friends who don’t smoke to avoid temptation while you’re trying to quit.
  1. Go to the gym or take a class at your local community center. Commit to smoking cessation goals and reward yourself for reaching milestones with small rewards like new workout gear or music downloads.
  1. Remember why you decided to quit smoking in the first place. If you get the urge to smoke, think about what made you want to give up cigarettes. Identify reasons that are important enough for you to continue fighting through cravings instead of lighting one up! For example, if quitting will help you save money so you can finally go on vacation next year, this is a great reason to keep pushing yourself forward.

I hope this post has helped motivate you to quit smoking. There are many resources available to help you kick the habit for good.

Check out our health library to learn more about smoking cessation, and take the first step toward living a healthier life!

Tanner Health System

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