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Published on November 22, 2016

Quitting smoking is not easy, but these tips can help you kick the habit

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quitting smokingIf you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways to improve the length and quality of your life. It’s never too late to quit. The sooner you do it, the better, but no matter what age you are when you stop smoking, you can reap valuable health benefits.

Here are 5 tips that can help you kick the habit for good this time:

1. Know why you want to quit. Each person has their own motivation for quitting. Whether you’re determined to improve your health, keep more money in your wallet or simply make your family happy, keeping your “why” in mind will help you power through the rough times.

2. Learn from the past. Most smokers try to quit smoking more than once before they are successful. Instead of looking at your previous attempts as proof that you can’t do it, consider what you learned from each instance so you can make this time a success.

3. Don’t do it alone. As with any difficult task, it’s easier to do something when you have the support of those around you. Tell your family, co-workers and friends. Try to get someone you know who also smokes to quit with you.

4. Make a plan. Some people can stop cold turkey, but most smokers are more successful when they make a plan to keep them on track. Your plan should be created to meet your specific needs and should take into account your habits, obstacles and goals. Consider things like what triggers you to smoke, how you can avoid those triggers and what you can do when cravings strike.

5. Consider medication and other therapies. There are a number of FDA-approved medications that can help you quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum, can help ease your dependence on nicotine. Other medications can block the effects of nicotine on your brain or help ease symptoms of withdrawal. Hypnotherapy and acupuncture have helped some people quit smoking.

PIH Health offers classes to help you quit.  The next class is every Wednesday from January 11, 2017 to February 22, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Call 562.698.0811 Ext. 12549 for more information.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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