Are you thinking of taking the plunge? For whatever reason you have decided that it is time, whether it be because of the cost, health reasons, or other reasons ; the decision has to be yours. If you decide to try and quit smoking just because someone tells you that it’s what you need to do, then you probably will not succeed. Besides it’s your life , no one else should be telling you what to do when it comes to a personal choice like this.
Once you have made this decision you should come up with a quit day. This should be your goal date to be smoke free. Try to make sure that the date / time frame you give yourself is realistic as well. You really don’t want to set yourself up to fail from the very beginning.
When your date is set this would be a good time to inform those close to you i.e friends and family that you have chosen to quit and let them know if you need anything from them such as; them not smoking around you ,not giving you cigarettes etc. It is easier to quit if you have the support of those around you, but not impossible if you don’t.
After this it is time for you to decide if you are going to do this with or without assistance. There are many options for assistance like the Patch , Gum, inhaler, lozenges and quickmist. Most of these aids are available over the counter in most pharmacy’s, if over the counter options aren’t right for you ,you can speak to your family physician about other options that may be available to you.
If you choose to do this without assistance then you do have some options like weaning down slowly or going “cold turkey”. From personal experience I don’t recommend the cold turkey method. It is very difficult to go cold turkey, but if that works for you then great. (You have more willpower than I do) For me the weaning process worked for me so far. I started at about 8-10 cigarettes a day, from there I started cutting out a cigarette a day. I started with the ones I considered to be less required for me. So I weaned off my ones I had at home, from there I cut out my cigarettes at work until I was down to just my morning cigarette. Now for me this was the most difficult one to get rid off. After I was off cigarettes all together I found the first two weeks to be the absolute worst for cravings and withdrawal problems.
This is where you informing those around you that you are quitting comes in handy. Don’t be surprised if your temper flares more often than normal, try to remember that this is temporary and will go away. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with this. I found that for me after the two weeks I found it easier to control anger flare ups and the urge to smoke decreased drastically. I don’t think that they will go away permanently but I have found that the frequency of my cravings are few and far between. I also found that finding something that relapses the smoking has helped me with cravings or in stressful situations that I would usually turn to cigarettes for. I.E colouring, chewing gum, reading etc..( whatever works for you)
The one thing I have to say is don’t be discouraged if you go back to smoking, you can always try again. I quit smoking in June , 2015. I relapsed into smoking January ,2016 and am now smoke free again.
Please note that I am not a physician. You should speak to your family physician for any medical advice.
Author: Crystal Gard
I’m a 30 year old Canadian with 3 adorable cats! I’m an avid reader, scrapbooker, blogger, crafter including jewelery making , mixed media art, and watercolour art, among many others and of course cat lover!