Quitting Smoking

Before you START a Smoke-Free Life

Why is quitting so hard?

Stop SmokingMany ex-smokers say quitting was the hardest thing they ever did. Do you feel hooked? You’re probably addicted to nicotine. Nicotine is in all tobacco products. It makes you feel calm and satisfied. At the same time, you feel more alert and focused. The more you smoke the more nicotine you need to feel good. Soon, you don’t feel “normal” without nicotine. It takes time to break the nicotine addiction. It may take more than one try to quit for good. So don’t give up too soon. You will feel good again.

Quitting is also hard because smoking is a big part of your life. You enjoy holding cigarettes and puffing on them. You may smoke when you are stressed, bored or angry. After months and years of lighting up, smoking becomes part of your daily routine. You may light up without even thinking about it.

Smoking goes with other things too. You may light up when you feel a certain way or do certain things. For example:

  • Drinking coffee, wine or beer
  • Talking on the phone
  • Driving Being with other smokers

You may even feel uncomfortable not smoking at times or in places where you usually have a cigarette. These times and places are called “triggers”. That’s because they trigger, or turn on, cigarette cravings. Breaking these habits is the hardest part of quitting for some smokers.

Quitting isn’t easy. Just reading about it won’t do it. It may take several tries. But, you will learn something each time you try. It takes will power and strength to beat your addiction to nicotine. Remember millions of people have quit smoking for good. You can be one of them!

Just thinking about quitting may make you anxious. But your chances will be better if you get ready first. Quitting works best when you’re prepared. Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps:

  • S = Set a quit date
  • T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers you plan to quit
  • A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting
  • R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products form your home, car and work
  • T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit

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