Giving up smoking is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome. Just remember that any amount of success is success all the same, even if you managed to quit for only a few hours. Hopefully you will have felt the benefits of quitting and are motivated to do better the next time.
Here, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) provides 10 tips to help you quit:
- Decide on a date to quit smoking and do it.
- Throw away all reminders of smoking, like cigarette packets, ashtrays and lighters.
- Drink lots of water – it will help flush the nicotine from your body.
- Become more active. Do exercise like walking or running on a regular basis.
- Change your routine. Avoid smokers and things that make you want to smoke for the first couple of days.
- Tell your family and friends that you are trying to quit so that they can offer you support.
- You may experience some dizziness, headaches or coughing once you have stopped smoking. This is normal and should improve after a day or two.
- If you are worried about gaining weight, eat at regular times during the day; snack on fruit between meals; and make time for exercise. Not all ex-smokers gain weight.
- Do not use a crisis or special occasion as an excuse for ‘just one’ cigarette. One cigarette leads to another, and another…
There are many other ways to go about quitting smoking. You may find it helpful to consult with a practitioner who offers complementary therapies like acupuncture, hypnosis and homeopathy. Many prefer to use nicotine replacement products like patches, sprays or chewing gum.
Contact the National Council Against Smoking QUIT Line: 011 720 3145
Join the CANSA eKick Butt programme.
For more information, contact CANSA’s toll free call centre at 0800 22 66 22 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.