It’s always a good time to quit smoking, but now more than ever is an important time to jumpstart your quit date and make a plan to quit smoking. A smoke-free lifestyle is always within reach, and we at Achieve Life Sciences are proud to share five key practicable tips to help you start the process.
1. Line-up your support system and identify resources
A crucial component to eliminating any unhealthy habit is ensuring you have access to reliable resources and surrounding yourself with others who are willing to help you make the change. Have a conversation with your loved ones and close friends about your plan to quit smoking and ask them to serve as your accountability officers while you do so. If any of your loved ones or close friends are also smokers, consider having a conversation with them about their own habits, and kindly request they keep their smoking to a minimum while around you during your transition to a smoke-free lifestyle.
Look into offerings in your community for smoking cessation support groups, classes, or counseling services; these are great ways to continue holding yourself accountable and grow your support system. There are a plethora of online resources available that are endorsed by the CDC, such as SmokeFree.gov, a free text messaging service that sends daily reminders for 6-8 weeks to help you quit, tailored to your specific habits and needs. The mobile app quitSTART is another free resource filled with guidance and information for smoking cessation.
2. Eliminate reminders and clean out your house
To quit smoking is hard enough without physical reminders constantly inviting you back to your old habits. Ahead of day one, set time aside to remove all smoking paraphernalia from your home, such as ashtrays, lighters, and of course, leftover cigarettes. Take an afternoon and deep clean your home and vehicle, and do your best to eliminate any lingering smell of cigarette smoke, which can serve as a trigger when trying to quit. Be sure to check inside any small storage areas to ensure no stray cigarettes are lying around, such as drawers, bedside tables, coat pockets, and glove compartments.
3. Choose an activity or distraction tactic to focus on during urges
Identify a healthy way to redirect temptations to smoke, such as chewing a piece of gum or going