Smoking is addictive.
It's hard to stop, but with help and support, you can quit smoking.
Quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, things a person can do. Most smokers say they would like to quit, and may have tried at least once. Some are successful the first time, but others try a number of times before they finally give up for good.
It might take time, it can be hard as your body has become dependent on nicotine, but many people have succeeded in giving up smoking. Become one of them by making a quit plan, using these steps:
- Why quit smoking?
Understand why you want to quit and learn about the health benefits.
- What quitting feels like
Learn what quitting will feel like.
- Know your triggers
Keep a quit diary to learn what makes you want to smoke.
- Quitting methods
Find out what tools and methods are available to help you quit.
- Make a quit plan
Learn how to develop a quit plan that will work for you and write it down.
- Coping with quitting and staying smoke-free
Understand what support is available to help you quit and stay smoke-free.
Maybe it's a friend or family member that needs to quit. Find out how you can help someone quit.