- Benefits of Exercise
- What to Expect
- Ways to Quit
- Completely Quitting
- After Quitting
- Find New Habits
- Gaining Weight
- After You Quit Smoking
- Withdrawal Symptoms
- Quitting 4 Good
- Common Triggers
- Dampen the Urge
- Fun Rewards
- Related Links
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WHAT TO EXPECT...
Have realistic expectations - quitting isn't easy, but it's not impossible. More than 3 million Americans quit every year.
Understand that withdrawal symptoms are TEMPORARY. They usually last only 1-2 weeks.
While most attention surrounding the smoking addiction focuses on chemical addictions to nicotine, you are in reality "multi-addicted." You are addicted to the feel of the cigarette in your hand and mouth. You are addicted to the actions of lighting your cigarette, moving your cigarette up to your mouth, flicking ashes from the cigarette and holding your cigarette between your fingers. You've also become addicted to the visual appeal of cigarettes: the flame, the smoke, even seeing a dirty ashtray. You’re also addicted to the deep inhalations and exhalations you take as you puff on your cigarettes. All these stimuli serve to meet some physical, psychological or emotional need within you.
Know that most relapses occur in the first week after quitting, when withdrawal symptoms are strongest and your body is still dependent on nicotine. Be aware that this will be your hardest time, and use all your personal resources - willpower, family, friends, and the tips in this manual - to get you through this critical period successfully.
Know that most other relapses occur in the first 3 months after quitting, with situational triggers - such as a particularly stressful event - occur unexpectedly. These are the times when people find themselves reaching for a cigarette automatically, because they associate smoking with relaxing. This is the kind of situation that's hard to prepare yourself for until it happens, so it's especially important to recognize it when and if it does happen. Remember that smoking is a habit, but a habit you can break.
Realize that most successful ex-smokers quit for good only after several attempts. You may be one of those who can quit your first try. But if you're not, don't worry , you're not alone , just DON'T GIVE UP. Try again.
INVOLVING SOMEONE ELSE...
Bet a friend that you can quit on your target date. Put your cigarette money aside for every day, and forfeit it if you smoke. (But if you do smoke, DON'T GIVE UP. Simply strengthen your resolve and try again.)
Ask your spouse or a friend to quit with you. ( This is especially important if you live together.)
Tell your family and friends that you're quitting and when. They can be an important source of support, both before and after you quit. ( And lets face it, if your going to slip up, you'll have to hear it from them, and that'll help too)