Here are some tips from the Ontario Lung Association to help you quit smoking:
Write down every reason from financial, health, etc… as to why you want to quit smoking.
List the things you like about smoking, and list the things you don’t like about smoking (Pros/Cons)
If you’ve tried to quit in the past, learn from those previous attempts on what worked, what didn’t work and why did you start to smoke again?
Keep track of your smoking routine for a few days, mark down where and why you smoked and the strength of the craving. What were the triggers that had you start smoking, and list coping strategies that can help you avoid smoking.
Ask your doctor or health-care provider about products to help you quick, such as nicotine replacement therapy and/or medications.
Contact the Lung Association Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-5864 or email email@example.com for information or support.
When setting a date to quit, choose a less-stressful time.
Notify your friends and family and ask for their support, if they’re smokers to not smoke around you.
Before you quit, throw out all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters. Gather water bottles and sugar free gum which can help distract you from your cravings.
The date that you quit, keep your hands, mouth and mind busy – use a stress ball, make a puzzle, chew gum or a straw, or keep healthy snacks close by. Physical exercise really helps to reduce cravings and helps motivate you to a new healthier lifestyle.