Tips to Quit! How to Successfully Stop Smoking

By Meghan Bailey on Jul 22, 2015

More than 70% of smokers want to quit.
Most smokers who have quit try 7-10 times before they succeed.
Despite that, more than half of all adult smokers have quit!


Use these tips to kick the habit!

  • Write down a list of reasons why you want to quit. If you are emotionally determined to quit, you are more likely to succeed. And if you feel like giving up, you will have that list of reasons why quitting is important!
  • Recognize that quitting may not be easy. Nicotine found in cigarettes is very addictive and the withdrawal process may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Find support through your doctor, friends, family, etc.
  • Get active! Exercising can speed up the withdrawal process and being active can help decrease cravings
  • Keep your mouth busy! Try chewing gum or taking a drink of water instead of smoking.
  • Identify your smoking triggers. Do you always have a cigarette during a mid-morning break or after dinner? Plan a new response for those triggers: go on a walk, check Twitter, anything to fill your "smoke break" with a new activity.
  • Fun fact: playing Tetris for 3 minutes can eliminate your cravings up to 24%!1
  • Find a new song to listen to when you have a craving. One study found that listening to music you haven't heard before can decrease your cravings.2

If you need more help, try using nicotine replacements (gum and patches) to wean you from the nicotine addiction. You can also try a FDA-approved non-nicotine cessation medication. The CDC offers a hotline for resources and assistance: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Their website, smokefree.gov, has tips that best fit your lifestyle!

Sources:
http://1.usa.gov/1rw1Bg7
1http://theatln.tc/1gCgFjs
2http://bit.ly/1CVtXb5