Tips to Help You Stop Smoking
Stopping smoking is not easy. Visit your G.P. who will be able to give you lots of help and advice. This is especially important if you have an existing health problem or are concerned about issues that may arise, e.g. weight gain.
- Write a list of the reasons why you want to stop smoking and keep them with you. Refer to them when tempted to light up.
- Set a date to stop and stop COMPLETELY
- Tell everyone that you are giving up smoking. Friends and family can give support and may help you.
- Smoking by others in the household may make it harder. Try to get them or your friends who smoke, to stop smoking at the same time. A “team effort” may be easier than going it alone.
- Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and all cigarettes.
- Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms – your G.P. can recommend and give advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy e.g. gum, patches, sprays etc. These can increase your chances of quitting.
- Be aware of situations in which you are most likely to want to smoke. Try changing your routine for the first few weeks.
- FOOD – some people worry about gaining weight – anticipate an increase in appetite. Do not increase fatty or sugary foods as snacks. Try sugar free gum and fruit instead.
- TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME – mark off successful days on a calendar, look at it when you feel tempted, you’ve come too far to go back now.
- DO NOT DESPAIR IF YOU FAIL – examine the reasons why you found it difficult. This will make you stronger and better able to succeed next time. On average, people who eventually stop smoking have made 3 or 4 previous attempts.