November 18, 2004 marked the 28th Annual Great American Smokeout - a day when smokers from across the state quite smoking for good. The cessation experts at the New Jersey Quitline offer the following tips to help smokers quit.
1. Identify your smoking triggers. Keep a record of when you smoke to identify your triggers so then you can make a plan to manage triggers without smoking.
2. Talk to your doctor. Consult your doctor before you quit smoking. Modern pharmaceutical treatments can make quitting easier. Moreover, tobacco may impact the way your body processes certain medications.
3. Get support from your family and friends. Let them know you are quitting and that you want their help.
4. Make a clean start. Throw away your cigarettes, hide your ashtrays, clean the house, your clothes and the car if they smell like smoke - anything to help make a break from the past.
5. Make a list of reasons to quit. Look at it every time you are tempted to have a smoke.
6. Keep objects around that you can put in your mouth. Items such as carrots, hard candy, even straws can give you something to do when you really crave a cigarette.
7. Drink lots of water. Water will help flush nicotine from your system and reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
8. Exercise. Not only will it make controlling your weight easier, it also gives you more energy and helps keep your mind off smoking.
9. Get a hair cut. Anything you can do to draw a clear line between your life as a smoker and your life as a non smoker will make quitting easier and making you more likely to stay smoke free.
10. Find a quit program near you. Call the New Jersey Quitline at 1-866-NJ-STOPS or log onto www.quitnet.com. Support is just a call or click away.
Fleishman Hillard, Inc.