Friday, September 17, 2010

Tips for creating your personal 'Stop Smoking Plan'


Designing your personal game plan
Tailoring a personal game plan to your specific needs and desires can be a big help. A good place to start is thinking about why you want to quit and then writing down all your reasons. Some of your choices include: quitting smoking cold turkey, systematically decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke, reducing your intake of nicotine gradually over time, using nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms, utilizing nicotine support groups, trying hypnosis, acupuncture, or counseling using cognitive behavioral techniques.

Questions to ask yourself
To successfully detach from smoking, you will need to identify and address your smoking habits, the true nature of your dependency, and the techniques that work for you. These types of questions can help:
- Do you feel the need to smoke at every meal?
- Are you more of a social smoker?
- Is it a very bad addiction (more than a pack a day)? Or would a simple nicotine patch do the job?
- Is your cigarette smoking linked to other addictions?
- Are you open to hypnosis therapy and acupuncture?
- Are you someone who is open to talking about your addiction?
- Are you interested in getting into a fitness program?

Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.

Stop smoking plan (START)
S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Make this the week you quit smoking for good! Shed the chains of addiction and take back your life.
You are worth it!

For more info you can also see the Surgeon General’s Tobacco Cessation Help Pages

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