Quit Smoking

You are ready to quit smoking. Now what? 

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, but it isn't easy. In fact, it takes most people many tries before they are successful and quit for good. Nicotine is an addictive substance and keeps people smoking even when they want to quit. Be patient with yourself, but also be resolved to succeed. Remember your reasons for quitting. When you quit, you will:

  • Breathe easier and have more energy
  • Decrease your risk of lung disease, heart attack, and cancer
  • Have more money to spend on other things
  • Become a healthy role model for others
  • Feel proud that you did it

Even though you may desperately want to quit, you are more likely to succeed if you are prepared.  

Take these steps:

  • Write down your reasons for quitting, pick a quit day, and ask your family and friends for support.
  • Get ready for your quit day and prepare for success with a Quit Plan.
  • Call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) for free self-help materials and one-on-one private advice over the phone. 
  • Get online support from other ex-smokers at Become An Ex, a free quit smoking program that can show you a new way to think about quitting.  
  • Ask your health care provider about medication to help you quit, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or pills. 
  • Get Quit Tips for helpful ways to avoid triggers and prepare for when cravings hit.
  • Reward yourself and don't give up. You can do it!  
     

Contact Breathe New Hampshire for more information at info@breathenh.org


More Resources for Quitting

www.QuitWorksNH.org - The NH QuitWorks program is a tool for healthcare providers and their patients.

www.Smokefree.gov -  Free information and assistance to help support your needs for trying to quit.

BeTobaccoFree.gov -  Information and resources from the Departments of Health and Human Services, covering topics related to the health effects of tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, quitting tobacco, and prevention.

Best Apps for Quitting Smoking - MedicalNewsToday, May 2017