How to Quit Smoking

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It is never too late to quit smoking.

Start by focusing on the many benefits to be gained. The following are some quick tips to help you stop smoking.

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Start by buying yourself a notebook.

  • Write down all the reasons you why you have decided to quit smoking.
  • Write down all the benefits you will gain by being a non-smoker.
  • Carry the notebook with at all time in case you need reminding!
  • Everyone is different and everyone’s motivations are different.

Benefits of Quitting

  • Better Health
  • Save Money
  • Look and Feel  Younger
  • Smell Better
  • Get Fitter
  • Feel Free

Quitting is different for everyone, so find an approach that will work for you.  Set a date to quit, and stick to it. No point in procrastination, make it sooner rather than later. It is recommended that you stop smoking completely on your quit date.

Quitting with a friend can also be a great incentive and support to help you quit — you can share your feelings, thoughts and encourage each other to stay strong.

Plan ahead for situations in which you are likely to be tempted to smoke. Most people say they find socialising a trigger so plan ahead if you have an event or party.

Drinking alcohol or going out for coffee is a common trigger. Try to avoid these situations in the early stages of your quitting program.

Make a commitment to yourself by throwing out all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters and anything else that might remind you of smoking.

If smoking was part of your wind down and you felt it was a stress reliever or reward. find alternatives for these activities:

  • Go for a walk
  • Buy a magazine
  • Have a cup of coffee
  • Watch some comedy
  • Write down your feelings
  • Eat something healthy
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  • Try herbal tea
  • Light a candle
  • Say a prayer
  • Brush your teeth
  • Hold a crystal
  • Chew some gum
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Try the 4 x D’s

  • Delay:  cravings only last for only a few minutes and will become even less frequent the longer you have quit.
  • Deep breathe: this should help you relax and focus your mind on something else.
  • Drink water: it is a good idea to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the nicotine and other toxins out of your system.
  • Do something else: you could go for a walk, to the movies or visit a supportive friend. Try eating an apple or cleaning your teeth when you would normally have a cigarette.

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Get support from family, friends and colleagues. Let them know you are planning to quit and ask smokers not to smoke around you or offer you cigarettes. Spend time with good friends and have fun!

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