1. Prepare to quit
- Join a stop-smoking program
- Make a list of your reasons for quitting
- Track the cigarettes you now smoke
- Click here for reasons to quit.
2. Choose your quit date
- Do not try to quit during a period of high stress such as during the holidays.
- Become aware of those things or events that give you the urge to smoke.
3. Learn to cope with withdrawal from cigarettes
- Symptoms from withdrawal are the main reason people go back to smoking.
- Withdrawal is worse during the first few days. Then it tapers off over the next few weeks.
- Practice the four D’s.
4. Get plenty of rest. Eat a well balanced diet and drink lots of water.
- Be sure to get some exercise every day. Exercise will reduce the stress of quitting and will help you to feel better.
5. Arrange for support
- Get support from family and friends.
- Read self-help books and listen to motivational tapes.
6. Prevent a relapse
- Avoid being around smokers.
- Find things that occupy your hands.
- Reward yourself for not smoking.
- Review your reasons for quitting.
- Spend time in smoke-free environments.
7. Celebrate a life, free from smoking.
Join Central Baptist Hospitals Freedom from Smoking classes. Click here for more information or call 859-260-6419.