In speaking with most smokers, 9 of 10 would like to quit; but addiction to nicotine keeps them from succeeding.

Smokers are in 3 stages: 1 pre-contemplation—not thinking about quitting, 2. Contemplation—seriously thinking about quitting & Preparing to quit 3. Action—Quitting 100%, not just cutting down.

How to prepare to quit smoking? 1. Focus on the benefits of becoming free from smoking and the disadvantages of continuing to smoke. 2. Find the biggest reason to quit—a reason that makes you happy & chuckle with delight. 3. Set a quit date 2-6 weeks in the future. 4. Tell your friends and family of your big decision and ask for their support. Join a stop smoking group like the Five-day Plan to double your success rate. 5. Begin cutting down &/or change to a new brand of cigarettes with lower tar & carbon monoxide (CO.)

The better prepared you are to quit smoking, the more likely you will succeed. Successful ex-smokers usually try 6-8 times to quit. You can too. Practice the 6 D’s to take away cravings: 1. Declare: “I have Decided to Stop Smoking”; 2. Delay—“I will not smoke for the next 5 minutes”; 3. Drink water—6-8 cups/day; 4. Deep breathing—3 deep breathes 3 times a day; 5. Do something else—keep busy, go for a walk 5-10 minutes. Learn a new hobby or music instrument. 6. Depend on God: “Lord take away the desire to smoke.” Prayer is talking to God as to a friend and faith & love is the greatest power for behaviour change.

If you need support, do contact Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine for a certified LIfestyle Medicine physician, professional or practitioner that can help you to become a successful non/smoker.

By [email protected]
Written for Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
For more info: aslm.asia

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