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With the information available today, most people know that smoking is bad for both their own health and that of those around them. Many know that they should quit, though they recognize it is a difficult process. Making the commitment to quitting is a big part of it, and there are a few important steps you can take to make sure you’re able to follow through and stick with it. Here are some areas to consider.
There are several different ways to quit smoking, and some are more effective than others. The best plan for you? Simple: the one you are most likely to stick to. Here are a few of your options:
Regardless of which option you choose, build your plan in a way that works for you. Pick a quit date that gives you time to prepare, and involve friends and family in your decision. Get rid of smoking triggers or reminders, such as cigarettes or ashtrays from common areas
Some days may be easy and others may be harder while you are trying to quit. There will be times when you want to give in to your cravings. Here are some tips for staying strong:
This answer is different for everyone. How difficult quitting will be may depend on how many cigarettes you smoke every day, whether your friends and family members smoke, and what your reasons are for smoking.
Try to focus on what the benefits of smoking will be. Within just hours, your body will start to be healthier—everything from blood pressure and heart rate to breathing will be improved.
Relapses, or instances of smoking again while trying to quit, happen to plenty of people during the process of quitting. Smoking is a strong addiction. If you do relapse, try to smoke as little as you can until you’re ready to quit again. The entire process may take some time.
For more advice or specific recommendations for quitting smoking, speak to your doctor.
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“How to Quit Smoking.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/quit-smoking#1
“How to Quit Smoking.” American Lung Association. http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/how-to-quit-smoking.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.