ARE YOU THINKING TO QUIT SMOKING?
Congratulations! You made the first step!
One smoker out of two will die prematurely from diseases associated with smoking and a large majority suffer from diseases and important disabilities related to this dependence.
Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about your desire to quit smoking. Your doctor will be happy to help and support you throughout this process. Doctors can provide you a great number of tips and advise you on pharmacological aids if required (stamps, gums, tablets, Zyban, Champix)
A GOOD PREPARATION: THE KEY OF SUCCESS!
When you have decided to quit smoking, it is important to set your cessation date. This date will be the first day without a cigarette. Select a day without stress that will allow you to concentrate all your energy on this new challenge.
Rewrite the reasons you want to stop smoking and read them over regularly, especially when the temptation to smoke comes back.
Pay attention to withdrawal symptoms to better identify them and prepare yourself: powerful craving for smoking, dizziness, concentration problems, trembling, capricious appetite, irritable state, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, headaches, digestive problems.
Be patient! Withdrawal effects will last a lot less longer than the negative effects of smoking on your health!
SIMPLE LITTLE TRICKS
- Identify smoking urge triggers (alcohol drinks, high stress) and learn to recognize them in order to develop new habits when they show up.
- Keep in mind the advantages of quitting tobacco smoking compared to the disadvantages
- Get rid of your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays
- Stay active to limit weight gain sometimes associated to quitting smoking and avoid replacing nicotine dependence by overconsumption of food
- Avoid people that smoke and places where cigarette is allowed
- Calculate savings you make since you stopped buying cigarettes
- Advice your friends and family of your objectives to obtain their support!
- Establish a timetable starting from the cessation date and reward yourself!
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES TO STOP SMOKING: