Proven Ways to Kick the Habit
If you are a smoker, you likely know that now is the time to quit. And although kicking
the habit can be challenging, it is very possible. The key is to have a plan.
Understand Your ‘Why’
Think about why you want to quit and write it down. The sooner you stop smoking, the
sooner your body can begin to heal. Over time, quitting lowers your risk for disease
and improves your ability to exercise. It also helps you save money.
Choose a Quit Date
Pick a specific date in the near future that you plan to quit and tell others about
it. Use the time leading up to your date to prepare. Explore support services or medication
that can help and remove reminders of smoking, such as ashtrays and lighters.
Consider what events or situations trigger you to smoke. Then, plan ways to manage
them. For example, if you usually smoke after eating, take a walk instead. Or if you
light up with the same friends, plan social events at public places like the movies
where smoking isn’t allowed.
Don’t Trade One Habit for Another
It may be tempting to try e-cigarettes—also known as vaping—to help you quit smoking.
But studies show they are far from safe. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and several
toxic chemicals that can lead to lung damage, cancer, and heart disease. In fact,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette that is safe and
effective in helping smokers quit. Opt for other support services instead.