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5 Best Tips for Quitting Smoking

1 Mar 2017 | Under Blog | Posted by | 0 Comments
5 Best Tips for Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is difficult, and it often takes people more than once to kick the habit for good. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths annually in the United States. That’s almost one in five deaths. In fact, 80 percent of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused from smoking, and 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and women are caused from smoking. While quitting smoking is challenging, it can be done successfully. To find the motivation needed, check out our list of the 5 best tips for quitting smoking.

5 Make a List about Quitting Smoking

Making a list is a great way to visualize your reasons for quitting smoking. Maybe you want to quit for your family, children, friends or even for yourself. You’ll need a powerful and personal reason to quit smoking. When you feel the urge to smoke, read your list and think about the positive changes happening inside your body now that you are smoke-free. Check out this free smoking cessation guide to get you started.

What Positive Changes Happen When You Are Smoke-Free?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), positive changes occur quickly after quitting smoking, and your body continues to see positive changes over time. Here are some of the changes that happen after you quit smoking:

  • 20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours after quitting your carbon monoxide level returns to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting your heart attack risk begins to drop, and your lung function begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year after quitting your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s risk.
  • 5 to 15 years after quitting your risk of stroke reduces to that of a nonsmoker’s.
  • 10 years after quitting your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s, and your risk of other cancers, such as mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas, decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting your risk of coronary heart disease returns to that of a nonsmoker’s.

4 Set a Quit Smoking Date

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For some people, setting a quit smoking date helps them reach their goal. You can write your quit smoking date in your calendar, planner or on a sticky note that you can put on your mirror. Keep your quit smoking date in a visible location, so it’s easy to see.

Plan ahead and talk with your doctor about your plans to quit smoking. Ask your doctor for tips about the best ways to stay smoke-free. Your doctor may be able to help you achieve a smoke-free life. Talk with your doctor about using nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum and patches.

Share your quit smoking date with close family and friends. You can also consider joining a smoking cessation support group. Having the support of others helps people stay accountable and makes you more likely to remain smoke-free.

3 Put Cigarette Money in a Glass Jar

When you quit smoking, put the money you would spend on cigarettes or smoking-related items into a glass jar. For example, if you bought a pack of cigarettes every day, then you would put the money for those cigarettes into the jar daily. Soon, you’ll notice that your jar is full of money.

Use the money you would have spent on cigarettes and smoking to do something special for yourself. Take your spouse or a close friend out for lunch. Buy yourself a new shirt. Fill your car with gasoline and go on a day trip. Put the money into your savings account at the bank. Your possibilities are endless. Instead of using that money on cigarettes, you’re using it on something good for you.

2 Create a Smoke-Free Environment

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When your quit smoking date arrives, remove as many smoking triggers as you can. For example, the smell of cigarette smoke can trigger people to want to smoke. Consider cleaning your home, car and office, so you remove as much of the smell as possible. Wash your clothes and bedding thoroughly. Consider having any carpets, drapery and furniture professionally cleaned. You can also throw away old ashtrays, lighters and any reminders of smoking.

Ask people who smoke to not smoke in or around your home. If they need to smoke, ask them to go outside and to smoke away from windows and doors. Many people slip and have a cigarette, so it’s important to plan for possible missteps. If you slip and smoke a cigarette, go outside and away from your home. This way, you won’t bring the smell of smoke back into your newly smoke-free environment.

1 Celebrate Your Successes

Quitting smoking is a daily process and takes time. Sometimes, it can feel like you’re getting nowhere. Remember, you can do this, and as long as you are trying, you are moving in the right direction. Whether your successes are small or large, remember to celebrate them.

Celebrate every time you put money into your jar. Call a friend and talk about how much better you feel now that you have quit smoking. Enjoy the smell of a smoke-free environment. If you slip and smoke a cigarette, start fresh with your goal of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking is hard work, so celebrate all of your successes on your journey to being smoke-free. Stay positive; you can quit smoking for good!

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