Prevea Health wants to help you or a loved one quit smoking. Smoking is one of the largest causes of cancer and other health complications, and approximately 70 percent of smokers want to quit.
While it won’t be an easy process, it is possible to quit for good. Here are some tips and tricks to help you on your journey.
- Have a plan. Making a plan to quit can help you stay focused, motivated and confident. There is no “one size fits all” plan for quitting, be honest about your needs. The American Lung Association has a Freedom From Smoking online program that is based on the behavior change theory, working through the 7 modules of change.
- Keep busy. Staying busy is a great way to keep your mind occupied instead of focusing on your cravings. Try getting some exercise, chewing gum, drinking water or spending time with friends and family.
- Avoid triggers. People, places, things and situations are all triggers that can make you want to smoke. To avoid them, throw away your cigarettes and lighters, avoid caffeine, get plenty of rest and try switching up your routine to avoid things you associate with smoking.
- Utilize quit aids. Nicotine patches, gum, inhaler or nasal sprays are good options to help reduce nicotine cravings.
- Have a positive attitude. Quitting is difficult, so celebrate the little victories. Focus on the reasons why you want to quit: your family, friends and health. Keeping your motivation in mind can help you stay determined.
- Ask for help. Don’t try to rely on your willpower alone. Talk to your family and friends, and ask them for support, and let them know exactly what that means to you. Having a strong support network will help carry you through the tough spots and lead to your overall success. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit line offers a free telephone based smoking cessation program that can also provide additional support, call (877) 270-7867 to participate in the program.
For help on quitting smoking, either gradually or cold turkey, talk to your provider about possible treatment options. Remember, you’re not alone, and while the road ahead may be difficult, a smoke free life is achievable.