Butt Out For Good: Strategies to Help Smokers Quit Iqaluit NU
Butt Out For Good: Strategies to Help Smokers Quit
(NC)-Quitting smoking is no easy feat. And since quitting cold turkey is extremely difficult to do, there are many quit smoking methods available to help smokers quit successfully.
Using Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs), such as Nicorette gum and lozenges and the Nicoderm patch can help you reduce or quit smoking safely and successfully. In fact, using NRTs can double a smoker's chance of quitting successfully.
The following tips can help you achieve the goal of quitting smoking:
Pick a quit date
Your quit date should not be too far in the future, and it should fall on a fairly stress-free day.
Remind yourself why you're quitting
Keep a list of the reasons why you are quitting on you at all times and read them when you are tempted to light up. Use nicotine replacement therapies to help reduce cravings and keep withdrawal symptoms under control.
Avoid places you know people will be smoking and avoid alcohol, coffee, or other beverages you associate with smoking.
Change your habits
When you feel like smoking, try taking a walk, practicing deep breathing or calling a friend. Instead of smoking after a meal, try brushing your teeth or chewing gum.
Reward yourself for being smoke-free
Put your cigarette money aside and save it for something special like taking a vacation!
For smokers who are not ready to quit entirely, Health Canada has recently approved a new Reduce-to-Quit strategy, which offers smokers an approach to quitting that helps address nicotine addiction by substituting cigarettes gradually with nicotine gum. Smokers now have the option of gradually reducing their cigarette consumption while taking nicotine replacement therapy to help increase their chances of quitting once and for all.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more information or visit www.reducetoquit.ca to learn more tips and strategies to become smoke free!