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Quit Smoking Tips

Tips for Quitting Smoking

  • Decide positively that you want to quit.
  • Make a list of reasons for quitting, including personal reasons, health benefits and financial advantages.
  • Set a quit date within the next two weeks.
  • Identify barriers to quitting and anticipate what may make quitting difficult.
  • Make a list of people who can support your intentions to quit and let them know.
  • Clean the smell of smoke from your house and car; discard ash trays and lighters.
  • Change habits connected with tobacco use:
    • Drive a different way to work.
    • Eat lunch in a new place.
    • Avoid places where you smoke.
    • Reach for gum rather than cigarettes.
  • At dinnertime, stretch out your meal. After dinner, instead of reaching for tobacco, treat yourself to a mint. Take a walk if you can.
  • Keep your hands and mind busy. Work on a crossword puzzle, knit a sweater, fix something around the house or maybe take up a new hobby.
  • Exercise to help relieve tension. Climb stairs rather than take the elevator, park the car a block or two from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
  • Indulge in a bath, massage or nap.
  • Accept praise. Quitting tobacco is difficult and you deserve credit for your efforts.
  • Talk to your doctor about quitting.

Call the Center for Tobacco Control today at (516) 466-1980 and schedule an appointment with us. Let us help you to live smoke-free!

Other helpful resources:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Tobacco Prevention & Information Source

www.Smokefree.gov

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene – Tobacco Control

American Cancer Society – Tobacco and Cancer

American Lung Association