I quit smoking 21 years ago. I had three young children, and one day I looked at my infant son and threw the cigarettes in the garbage! Quit, done.
Today, it seems you don’t just throw the pack out. You pick a date, you talk to your doctor, you decide what might best work for you, and you hope from there it sticks. It’s not just cold turkey anymore. With so many more options these days, the chances are better you will succeed.
There are plenty of choices to help you quit — Nicotine replacement (e.g. Habitrol, Nicorette), counseling, acupuncture, hypnosis, and even drugs like Zyban and Chantix. The new E-cigarettes also are becoming very popular, although controversial.
Our Expert, Jonathan Foulds, PhD on the Smoking Cessation Community, recently posted some information for our members on E-cigarettes. He also posted this “Quitlines Post” with some great tips to help you get on the road to quitting and stick with it.
“I would encourage all smokers who are thinking of quitting to call 1-800-QUITNOW (or the national quitline number in your country) and take advantage of this free service,” he says.
Dr. Foulds continues to educate himself on the latest and greatest ways to help those who want to quit and shares his findings with members on the board.
If you want to give up smoking, I encourage you to visit our Smoking Cessation Community for the information and support you’ll need on your journey.
Quit smoking. It was the best thing I ever did for myself and my health!
By Susie Byrne
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