Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to plan the day you quit smoking?

It is easy to setup remote day of the new life beginning, but time is running up, and here you go – the day you decided to quit smoking is approaching... You want to keep promise you made to yourself and your family. How to get prepared for this special day – the day of transition from the smoker to non-smoker?

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Just Before Quitting...

  • Practice going without cigarettes.
  • Don't think of NEVER smoking again. Think of quitting in terms of 1 day at a time.
  • Tell yourself you won't smoke today, and then don't.
  • Clean your clothes to rid them of the cigarette smell, which can linger a long time.

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    On The Day You Quit...

    • Throw away all your cigarettes and matches. Hide your lighters and ashtrays.
    • Change your morning routine. When you eat breakfast, don't sit in the same place at the kitchen table. Stay busy.
    • Visit the dentist and have your teeth cleaned to get rid of tobacco stains. Notice how nice they look, and resolve to keep them that way.
    • When you get the urge to smoke, do something else instead.
    • Carry other things to put in your mouth, such as gum, hard candy, or a toothpick.
    • Make a list of things you'd like to buy for yourself or someone else. Estimate the cost in terms of packs of cigarettes, and put the money aside to buy these presents.
    • Keep very busy on the big day. Go to the movies, exercise, take long walks, go bike riding.
    • Remind your family and friends that this is your quit date, and ask them to help you over the rough spots of the first couple of days and weeks.
    • Buy yourself a treat or do something special to celebrate.
    • Breathe deeply and try to enjoy your first smoke-free day. Be proud of yourself – you made the very important step in your life!

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    Think About

    • Think about how much better you’ll feel when you quit smoking; how much healthier, stronger you will become; how much longer you will live.
    • Tell yourself you have what it takes and you deserve it.
    • Think about how you can change your routine tomorrow (i.e. don’t go into the store where you have been buying cigarettes). Shop elsewhere.
    • Tell yourself that the years have given you good sense and the wisdom to quit.
    • Remember that if you don’t pick up the next cigarette, you will never have to go through quitting again.
    If you suspect or you know for sure that you cannot make it on your own, get assistance. Using smoking cessation products, rather than quitting cold turkey, can improve the chances of successfully quitting smoking. Seven products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this purpose. These include over-the-counter nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, and prescription nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays. The medications bupropion and varenicline also are prescribed as aids to smoking cessation.

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