Smoking cessation is discontinuing the use of tobacco for at least 6 months. Tobacco contains nicotine which is addictive and often makes the process of quitting difficult.
- To prolong life
- Improve health
- Look better
- Improve sense of smell and taste
It is better to try quitting than do nothing. Remember that each time you resist, you are one step closer to being tobacco free.
- Nicotine replacement therapy: short-acting nicotine therapy can help overcome cravings
- Avoid triggers: identify trigger and have plans to avoid them
- Delay: although urge may be intense, they usually pass in 5-10 minutes
- Chew: chew on something crunchy and satisfying to keep mouth busy
- Focus on benefits: write it down or say it out loud to remind you of what you are gaining
- Physical activity: this can help you get distracted from cravings and reduce their intensity
- Practice relaxation techniques: you probably used smoking to relieve stress so resisting maybe stressful so find alternative relaxation technique to relieve stress
- Reinforcement: get family members or friends to support you or join a community support group