Tips to quit smoking – and stay quit
Every year, over 1 million Americans quit smoking and we know you can be one of them! Here are some stop smoking tips to help you stay strong when you’re feeling the temptation to smoke.
It may sound simple, but deep breathing exercises are one of the best ways to reduce stress. It helps to put both hands on your stomach and feel yourself breathe in and breathe out. Once you are starting to feel relaxed, inhale and exhale longer, taking in deeper and deeper breaths. Think about your lungs filling up with wonderful smoke-free oxygen while you expand the muscles under your lungs. Close
Remember how much money you’re saving
You’d be amazed how much money you will save when you aren’t buying cigarettes every week. In fact, a smoker who smokes a pack a day would save more than $2,000* in one year if he/she quit smoking! Deliberately putting this money aside can be a great motivator to continue the quit journey. It also frees up some cash to reward yourself once you hit certain quitting milestones.
*Based on average cost of $6.00 per pack. Does not include the cost of nicotine replacement therapy.
Throw it off before it throws you off
Sometimes a trigger will sneak up on you and you will feel the urge to light up, “just this one time.” Instead, change it up; put a wrench in the routine that tried to suck you into smoking – whether it’s going somewhere different, doing something different, or just taking a few moments to collect yourself. Need some ideas on how to change it up with triggers? Refer back to the “Resist the urge checklist” in the last section.
The more you say “no” to the urge, the prouder you should feel about your efforts to quit. Close
Remember your “why”
Earlier, we talked about needing a reason to quit smoking. One more personal and more powerful than “because smoking is bad for me.” Right now, that reason is your secret weapon to keeping your determination strong. Think about that reason and keep reminding yourself that you can do this because you have your eye on the prize that is your “why”. Close