By Deborah Leader, RN. COPD Expert
Updated September 30, 2014.
Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board.
Have you ever convinced someone else to quit smoking? After reading this article, you will have an opportunity to share how you did it.
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Deciding to quit smoking is a difficult decision, in large part, because of the withdrawal symptoms associated with nicotine:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased appetite
Those who suffer from addiction to smoking say it is the most difficult chemical to stop. Smoking cessation is often accompanied by multiple, failed attempts to quit, and therefore requires repeated intervention.
Are you someone who has a strong desire to quit smoking? If so, the following 10 quit smoking tips may help as you embark upon your stop-smoking journey:
- Don't Smoke Any Number or Any Kind of Cigarette
Even a few cigarettes a day can be harmful. If you simply try to cut down, you will soon be back to smoking the same amount. The best option is to quit altogether. Don't Switch to Low-tar, Low-nicotine Brands These will only cause you to puff harder and longer, in a subconscious effort to get more nicotine, and perhaps even smoke more. Keep a Journal About Why You Want to Quit
Is it to look better or feel better? Do you want to improve your health or be a good role model for your children? Maybe you want to protect your family from the ill-health effects of secondhand smoke. Whatever the reason, those who are highly motivated to quit will have a better success rate. Find your motivation and run with it.
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- Don't Associate With People Who Smoke
If you have ever heard the old saying, "if you hang around the barber shop, you are going to eventually get a haircut," it should remind you to be aware that putting yourself in harm's way when it comes to cigarettes will only cause you to fail. If you don't want to smoke,
stay away from cigarettes and anybody who lights up. Know That it Will Take a Conscious Effort and Won't Be Easy With this in mind, do whatever it takes to succeed, including exploring the use of nicotine replacement therapy, adjunct medications (such as Clonidine and Wellbutrin), stop smoking support groups and educational materials. Be Aware That Half of All Adult Smokers Have Quit. and So Can You Millions before you have tried and been successful. Take comfort in knowing this and enlist the help of someone who has been successful at it. Recognize That You Can't Do It Alone Talk with your healthcare provider. Ask him or her for help in quitting. Tell your family and friends about your efforts, so that they can keep temptations away and support you in your goal. Exercise Daily exercise can help you decrease cravings, improve your mood and give you a sense of well-being. Walking is a great exercise for people with COPD because it is low impact and easy to do. Make it a point to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program to make sure that you are healthy enough. Eat a Balanced Diet When you quit smoking, your body is working overtime trying to expel excess toxins. A balanced diet from the 5 main five food groups includes fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meats (especially chicken and fish), and grains. Avoid junk food and empty calories . Drink Plenty of Water Again, to flush the toxins out of your body, water is a must. It's recommended that you drink 8 eight-ounce glasses a day for optimal health and hydration. Try a Combination of Quit Smoking Methods. These include quit smoking aids. smoking cessation support groups and individualized or group counseling. Studies have shown that combination quit therapy works best.
For further information about learning how to quit smoking, including free coaching, quit smoking success plans, and educational materials, contact 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). And, remember to visit About Smoking Cessation. the About.com site dedicated to helping you kick the habit.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention; "Quit Smoking". http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm
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