You’ve decided to quit smoking. Congratulations! There are a multitude of resources available to help you kick the habit for good. Read below for tips and resources to quit smoking.
Why You Should Quit Smoking
- Your health improves significantly when you quit smoking. Your body will begin to repair damage caused by cigarettes as soon as you stop.
- You will save significant amounts of money by not buying cigarettes.
- You will save your friends, family, and the public from the risks of secondhand smoke.
Tips to Quit Smoking
- Know your reason to quit: Knowing why you want to quit smoking will help motivate you to stay on track to a tobacco-free life.
- Talk to your doctor: Your doctor can help you find resources and medication to help you quit smoking.
- Know that quitting is difficult: Quitting cigarettes is a journey. The toughest part of quitting tobacco is the first 7 to 10 days. You may experience weight gain, urges to smoke, and withdrawal.
- If you do start smoking again: Do not let yourself feel guilt or blame. You still have the opportunity to quit!
Ways to Quit Smoking
Nevada Tobacco Quitline provides tobacco users 13 years and older with free phone counseling to help them quit smoking. A quit coach will help you make an individualized plan to help you stop smoking and using tobacco products. If you are an adult 18 years or older, you may qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy. For more information on Nevada Tobacco Quitline, click here.
Quit Cold Turkey
About 90% of people that quit smoking do it without medicine, aid, or outside help. However, only 4-7% of people are able to quit cold turkey, so it may not be the most effective method.
Build a Quit Plan
Set a date you want to quit by, and tell your friends and family your plan. Identify your smoking triggers and how you will cope with them. Remove cigarettes or tobacco products from your home and car.
Seek behavioral therapy where you will work with a counselor. Your counselor will help you identify your smoking triggers, emotions, and reasons for smoking, and they can help you make a quit plan.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges are some of the nicotine replacement therapies that can help you quit using tobacco products. You may be more likely to quit smoking with replacement therapy. However, if you are under 18, you will need recommendation from a doctor to use these products.
A doctor can prescribe medicines such as Buproprion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) that can help you quit using tobacco. Talk to your doctor to know your options.
Group Therapy or Hot Lines
Freedom from Smoking, Quitter’s Circle, and Lung HelpLine are all programs that can help you quit smoking.
Get 24/7 support with a Smokefree app for your smartphone. Many free apps offer help just for you based on your smoking patterns, moods, motivation to quit, and quitting goals. Go to www.smokefree.gov to read more about the QuitGuide and QuitSMART apps.
You may need a combination of the above therapies to quit smoking completely. Try different methods, and learn what works for you. If a program does not work for you, do not get discouraged! Keep trying, and talk to your doctor for options.
5 Secrets to Quit Smoking
- It’s never too late to quit. Smoking will increase your health exponentially, save you money, and may inspire others around you to quit.
- Learn from the past. If you have tried to quit in the past, think about what did and did not work. Learn from your mistakes, and keep trying!
- Gain support. Tell your friends and family you are quitting. Join support groups, and make friends with people who are also trying to quit.
- Medication can help. Use nicotine patches, gum, or medication to help you quit. Make sure to use them correctly and for the advised period of time to increase the effectiveness.
- Every smoker can quit. Each smoker has the ability to quit. Try different methods, seek support, and do not give up.