Are you ready to quit smoking or using tobacco? Check out these 10 creative, insightful, and effective tips from Kate McNally, Program Manager for the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities.
- This is a process, not an event. Be patient with yourself.
- Set a date. There’s never a good time, and it’s always a good time.
- Practice delaying the next cigarette. Find ways to distract yourself, use deep breathing, and drink lots of water. This preparation will help you practice for your actual quit attempt.
- Stock your fridge with healthy snacks like crunchy fruits and vegetables. Remember, food is not a substitute for nicotine…there’s no nicotine in food. Don’t expect it to satisfy you the same way.
- Wash any jackets or clothing you wear while smoking. While you’re at it, if you smoke in your house— clean your curtains and walls to eliminate the smoke odor. If you smoke in your car, clean it out too! Resolve cleaner works great to remove the oils caused from cigarette smoke from upholstery.
- Might as well get rid of your ashtrays or the spit can. You won’t be needing them! If they are keepsakes, use them as candy dishes. (Even better…, use them for your crunchy veggie and fruit snacks.)
- Buy yourself some cinnamon sticks from the baking section of the store. Cinnamon is a great sugar and fat-free spice that offers up a little heat.
- Pull out your piggy bank and get ready to watch your money grow. The average cost for a pack of cigarettes is $5.81. In one year the average smoker will save $2,021! A can-a-day chewer spends an average of $3.54 per can. That’s $1,292 a year! Give up tobacco and watch your money grow!
- Consider cessation aids like one of the top seven evidence-based products available: Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine inhaler, Bupropion, or Varenicline. Most insurance plans cover these products. Your tobacco cessation counselor can help you select what’s best for you.
- Discuss your plan with a professional tobacco cessation counselor or quit line. Your chances of quitting double or triple with support.
The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities sponsors an extensive array of treatment programs for those who wish to quit using tobacco. There is no charge for our programs.
For more information, to schedule an appointment, and to view a video interview with a participant in the Tobacco Treatment Program, please visit Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities