Planning to Quit Smoking
Your healthcare provider may have told
you that you need to give up tobacco. Only you can decide if and when you are ready to
quit. Quitting is hard to do. But the benefits will be worth it. When you decide to quit,
come up with a plan that’s right for you. Discuss your plan with your healthcare provider.
And talk with your provider about medicines to help you quit.
Line up support
To quit smoking, you’ll need a plan
and some help. Pick a date in the next 2 to 4 weeks to quit. Use the time between now
and that date to arrange for support.
Classes and counselors.
Quit-smoking classes coach people like you through the process. Get to know others
in a class. And support each other beyond the class. Phone counseling also helps
you keep on track. Ask your healthcare provider, local hospital, or public health
department to put you in touch with a class and a phone counselor.
Family and friends. Tell your
family and friends about your quit date. Ask them to support your change. If they
smoke, only see them in smoke-free places. Don't allow smoking in your home and
Be careful with these products
Finding something to replace
cigarettes may be hard to do. Some things may be as harmful as cigarettes. These
Smokeless (chewing) tobacco. This is just as harmful as regular tobacco.
Tobacco should not be used as a substitute for cigarettes.
Herbal medicines or teas. These may affect how your body handles nicotine.
Talk with your healthcare provider before using these products.
E-cigarettes. These have less toxins than the smoke from a regular
cigarette. But the FDA says that these devices may still have substances that can
cause cancer. E-cigarettes are not well regulated. They have not been studied
enough to know if they are a good aid to help you stop smoking. Talk with your
healthcare provider before using these products.
Many products can help you quit
smoking. Some are prescription medicines that help curb your cravings and withdrawal
symptoms. Other products slowly lessen the level of nicotine your body absorbs. Nicotine
is the highly addictive substance found in cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
Nicotine replacement products can help get your body used to slowly decreasing amounts
of nicotine after you quit smoking. These products include a nicotine patch, gum,
lozenge, nasal spray, and inhaler. Always follow the directions for your medicine or
product carefully. Your healthcare provider may tell you to start taking the
prescription medicine a week before you plan to quit. Don't smoke while you use nicotine
products. Doing so can harm your health.
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