To stop smoking permanently is hard, no doubt about it. But it is not impossible. You will need plenty of determination to succeed, and you will need a concrete plan .
The support of your friends and family will be very important, too. Enlist their aid before you start. At the same time, seek out the guidance of your doctor or a professional counselor.
He will know a lot about what you are trying to accomplish and will be an excellent source of information and support as you work to reach your goal.
A support group, in which ex smoker meet regularly to talk about their experiences, can be helpful, too. You local hospital may be able to direct you to one. Many successful ex smokers have followed this four point plan to kick their habit and quit smoking:
1. Identify the habit. Like many other habitual activities, smoking is something you can wind up doing a lot of without ever really thinking about it. Before you attempt to quit smoking, know what your habit really is. Be clear about how much you smoke every day and when. You also need to know the emotional or situational triggers that make you desire a cigarette. Knowing your enemy well now will help you defeat it later. Keep a record of your smoking activities in a small notebook until you are familiar with your smoking urges.
Ask your doctor to suggest techniques to help you modify your behaviour. He may provide you with a formal behavior modification strategy. This can help you substitute healthier behaviors for smoking when a trigger situation arises. Some doctors prescribe certain medical therapies for smokers. Two of these, skin patches and nicotine gum.
2. Identify the reasons for stopping smoking forever. Obviously, the fact that you have had a stroke or TIA is probably, the best motivation for quiting there is. But don’t stop there. Think of other reasons there are so many. Talk to the others who have successfully quit.
Think of people who have wanted you to quit and will be proud of you. Make a list of all these personal reasons. Then post them where you can see them often, such as on your refrigerator or desk. Most people do gain some weight after they stop smoking, although usually not much. Discuss this possibility with your doctor in advance if it worries you.
3. Choose a quit day. This will be your liberation day, the day you are freed from smoking ever. Prepare for it, and make the mental commitment to your new, more healthful life, which will begin on that day.
4. Follow up with your doctor. See your doctor soon after you declared quit day to check on your progress. Discuss any question or anxieties and make any adjustments to your program at this time. If you are doing fine, give yourself a pat on the back and keep going!
Ps. Don’t forget that a cigarette pack costs you 10$