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Proven Ways to Kick the Habit

If you are a smoker, you likely know that now is the time to quit. And although kicking the habit can be challenging, it is very possible. The key is to have a plan.

Understand Your ‘Why’

Think about why you want to quit and write it down. The sooner you stop smoking, the sooner your body can begin to heal. Over time, quitting lowers your risk for disease and improves your ability to exercise. It also helps you save money.

Choose a Quit Date

Pick a specific date in the near future that you plan to quit and tell others about it. Use the time leading up to your date to prepare. Explore support services or medication that can help and remove reminders of smoking, such as ashtrays and lighters. 

Anticipate Triggers

Consider what events or situations trigger you to smoke. Then, plan ways to manage them. For example, if you usually smoke after eating, take a walk instead. Or if you light up with the same friends, plan social events at public places like the movies where smoking isn’t allowed.  

Don’t Trade One Habit for Another

It may be tempting to try e-cigarettes—also known as vaping—to help you quit smoking. But studies show they are far from safe. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and several toxic chemicals that can lead to lung damage, cancer, and heart disease. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette that is safe and effective in helping smokers quit. Opt for other support services instead.

 

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