If you are like most people who smoke, you have tried to quit many times and simply been unable to stay quit. Whether trying cold turkey, the patch, e-cigarettes, or gum, it is very difficult to quit smoking for good. And while there is no sure-fire way to quit, here are 6 tips to help you increase your likelihood of quitting for good.
- Make a Plan – Whether you wake up one morning and decide “today is the day” or you pick a day a few weeks out to start, make sure once you quit you have a plan in place to stay quit. This plan includes when you quit, setting goals, deciding on your support team, and your techniques for quitting. As with everything in life, we are more likely to succeed when we have a plan.
2. Have a Support Team – Many people try to quit with a “buddy.” Unfortunately, if this buddy relapses, then you are more likely to go back, as well. Instead, try to find someone in your life who either have been an ex-smoker for a long time or who have never smoked to help you. This way, when you need support, that person will be able to help.
3. Go Cold Turkey – While it’s not for everyone, going cold turkey is the most successful way to quit smoking for good. By eliminating any crutches, you are able to learn to live without it. There is something to be said for incrementally …