Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll have to do in your life. Why is it so hard? You’re usually doing it on your own and the physical addiction to nicotine is extremely hard to get over. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances there is and if you quit smoking cold turkey, day 2 or three is when the withdrawals can hit you with a vengeance.
To be as successful as possible when giving up smoking for good, the best thing you can do is utilize all the resources available to make this an easier and possibly even fun experience. Associating the word “fun” with something like quitting smoking sounds ridiculous but we’ll get into that in a little bit.
First let’s check out some amazing free resources that can help you give up smoking for good.
ACS Guide To Quit Smoking
The ACS or American Cancer Society definitely knows what they’re talking about when it comes to the harmful effects of cigarettes and smoke. They have a guide to quitting smoking that is good to read over when you’re planning to quit and even during the process of quitting. You can print it out or bookmark it for later. You can find out what smoking does to you and those in your home, find support groups and simply learn more than you do now.
Use Your State Sponsored Programs
A bit like the ACS, most states have a dedicated “quit smoking” hotline or resource center. If you call them up you can get information about quitting and often get a couple weeks’ worth of a quit smoking product. Typically you can choose from the patch or gum and you might not get the full quitting program in every state but you’ll at least get two weeks’ worth and some coupons to help you along.
This is the best resource you can use and it’s a quitline map. Just click your state and you’ll find the program you need.
Talk To Your Doctor
Your doctor might be an unofficial expert on steps to take before giving up cigarettes fully. They have access to cutting edge medicines and some of these drugs work well for people. If you have decent insurance or even state provided insurance you can get prescriptions to help you quit smoking for next to nothing. Chantix is a popular medicine and you can ask your doctor if something like this would be good for you. Be honest about how much you smoke per day and what your goals are. Your doctor will probably be thrilled you’re planning to do this.
Consider Electronic Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes have become an amazing quit smoking resource lately. The prices for starter kits have dropped to very reasonable levels and you can use juices and cartridges with no nicotine at all. These satisfy that habit of holding something in your fingers and inhaling/exhaling “smoke”. The physical act of smoking can be harder to quit then the actual nicotine. Just be completely sure you don’t mix an e-cig with nicotine with the patch or gum. This could lead to overdose of nicotine easily. Either use an e-cig with nicotine as a full replacement or one with no nicotine to use alongside other methods.…