4 Steps To Quit Smoking/Vaping
1. Set A Quit Date
Commit to quitting by scheduling your tobacco-free journey.
Give yourself enough time to build confidence and skills to quit.
Set a date within the next two weeks.
Then announce your quit date to your friends and family and gather a support team.
You will need their support.
In the meantime, write down your reasons to quit to help motivate you,
and begin changing your routine. Try these tips before you quit.
2. Track Your Triggers
When you decide to quit smoking, one of the best things that you can do is plan ahead for difficult situations. You want to give yourself the best chance of succeeding.
Knowing your triggers is important when successfully quitting smoking/vaping. Identify what causes you to use tobacco and replace it with something new:
Celebrate without a cigarette. Take the money you save and buy yourself something you’ve been wanting or go out for a fun activity.
Try deep breathing exercises to focus on breathing and not the trigger. Put on headphones and listen to relaxing music, again to distract from the trigger.
Don’t have cigarettes in the bedroom, house or car. Change the morning routine.
Call a friend, listen to favorite music, use a coloring book or coloring app.
Bring something to read during lunch & breaks, instead of going outside to smoke. If you do go out, bring a water bottle, candy, etc. to have in your hand and mouth, instead of a cigarette.
Use your relaxing strategies.
Write down your concerns and read later, to try to resolve.
Have a “good to” game on the phone or computer. Take a walk and breathe deep.
Add up how much money you would save without buying cigarettes and plan to use that extra money to pay off bills or buy something you would like.
3. Plan For Your Quit Day & Afterwards
Once you identify your triggers, decide what you will need to cope with your withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms are usually the hardest part of quitting and can last for several weeks.
Avoid relapse and consider talking to your doctor about using any of the 7 FDA approved medications/nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to quit smoking.
Your health insurance may cover these medications/NRT and NJ Family Care (Medicaid) covers them with your doctor’s prescription.
NJ Quitline callers may qualify for two weeks’ worth of nicotine patches.
4. Finally, Become Tobacco Free
Each day you go without smoking/vaping is a milestone.
Take a moment to notice all the extra time you’ll have to yourself or to spend with your friends and family as well the health benefits of quitting. You may also notice your wallet is fuller or bank account is growing from all the money you’re saving from not smoking/vaping.
While the process won’t be easy, it will be well worth it. Notice each and every achievement and reward yourself and relax at the beach or spa, or go out to your favorite restaurant, you deserve it!
For more support call the NJ Quiltine or connect with other cessation services.
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