Before quitting cigarettes:
- Set a firm date to stop on and put it in your calendar. This is important so that you can prepare yourself both mentally and physically for your transition to a healthier lifestyle.
- Throw away all old cigarette cartons, packs, ashtrays, lighters, and cigarette butts that are at your home and work.
- If you live with another smoker, try and quit together to reduce temptations.
- Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit and carry it in your pocket everywhere you go.
Once you quit, keep yourself busy and try to avoid stressful situations and places where you might run into other smokers. Try to get a healthy night of sleep every night and avoid caffeine when possible.
When you find yourself needing a cigarette:
- Take some deep breaths
- Read the list of reasons you wanted to quit
- Go for a walk
- Chew some gum
- Call a friend or a hot-line that will help you through your cravings
- Keep yourself busy
Free hotline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8am to 3am.
Free hotline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-800-448-7848) from 8am to 8pm.
Online help: http://www.smokefree.gov
Complete guide to quitting from the American Cancer Society: Click here
Palmetto Healthcare Smoking Cessation Program (free). 89% of the people who participated last year are no longer smoking. It is free to people living in Richland, Lexington, or Fairfield counties. For information, call 803-296-2273
More information about smoking cessation from the S.C. Tobacco-Free Collaborative: http://sctobacco.org/cessation.aspx