Quick GuideHow to Quit Smoking: 13 Tips to End Addiction
- The expected consequences of quitting are
irritability, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite, and of course,
urges to smoke. So, if you feel more short-tempered or distracted or sleepier
than usual, don't worry because these feelings will pass.
- Try to exercise. For example,
go for a walk,
bike, if you have access to a pool
swim, take a
- Consider the positive things about quitting. For
example, think about how much you like yourself as a non-smoker, the health
benefits for you and your family, and the example you set for others around
you. A positive attitude will help you through the tough times.
- When you feel tense, try to keep busy and think about
ways to ease the tenseness. Tell yourself that smoking won't make it any
better, and go do something else.
- Eat regular meals because feeling hungry is sometimes
mistaken for the desire to smoke.
- Start putting the money you save by not
buying cigarettes in a "money jar."
- Let others know that you have quit smoking. You will
find that most people will support you. Many of your smoking friends may want
to know how you quit. It's good to talk to others about your quitting. In
fact, people who stay off smoking for at least one year often have had very
strong support from a companion or co-worker.
- If you slip-up and smoke, don't be discouraged or give up and return to
your smoking habit. Many
former smokers have tried to quit several times before they finally
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/7/2016