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You've made a big decision. You're
going to quit smoking.
Quitting is hard, and you probably know
this. Maybe you've quit before. If so, that's normal. Most people quit many
What can you do to make it more likely that you'll kick
the habit for good?
One important part of quitting smoking is
getting help from those around you. Your family, friends, coworkers, and
community groups all can help you.
The following information also
applies if you use other tobacco products, such as chew or snuff.
can help you quit smoking, you have to ask for help. Many people are wary of
helping. They may feel that asking how you are doing is the same as nagging you and that
this may make it harder for you to quit.
Tell people that you're
quitting and that you want their support. Make clear what you expect. Do you
want to ask a friend to call you each day, or every couple of days, to see how you are doing? Or would you prefer to ask your friend if you can call when you need support? Be sure to tell people how much help you want.
Let people know what to expect
when you quit and how they can help.
Smokers usually have
triggers, which are things that make you want to
smoke. Family and friends can help you avoid them.
Friends who smoke or who
have quit smoking can help you.
Many people reach beyond
family and friends for support. Here are some ideas:
When you quit, pass it on. Be sure
to support other smokers who are trying to quit.
Current as of:
August 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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