Tips for Quitting Smoking
- Decide positively that you want to quit.
- Make a list of reasons for quitting, including personal reasons, health benefits and financial advantages.
- Set a quit date within the next two weeks and don't allow anything to change that date.
- Identify barriers to quitting and anticipate what may make quitting difficult.
- Make a list of people who can support your intentions to quit and let them know.
- Clean the smell of smoke from your house and car; discard ash trays and lighters.
- Change habits connected with tobacco use:
- Drive a different way to work.
- Eat lunch in a new place.
- Avoid places where you smoke.
- Reach for gum rather than cigarettes.
- At dinnertime, stretch out your meal. After dinner, instead of reaching for tobacco, treat yourself to a mint. Take a walk if you can.
- Keep your hands and mind busy. Work on a crossword puzzle, knit a sweater, fix something around the house or maybe take up a new hobby.
- Exercise to help relieve tension. Climb stairs rather than take the elevator, park the car a block or two from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
- Indulge in a bath, massage or nap.
- Accept praise. Quitting tobacco is difficult and you deserve credit for your efforts.
Call the Center for Tobacco Control today at (516) 466-1980 and schedule an appointment with us. Let us help you to live smoke-free!
Other helpful resources:
- FREE starter kit of nicotine replacement products for eligible NYS smokers
- Trained Quitline specialists offering help with quit plans
- Information about local stop smoking programs
- Informational taped messages