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  1. Quitting Smoking - Planning Your Strategy to Quit

    It may help to achieve a long - term goal like quitting tobacco by breaking it down into smaller goals. Every time you reach a goal, you feel a sense of pride along the path to becoming tobacco - free.Set your goals clearly. Write down your goals or tell someone what you are trying to do. Goals should include "by when" or "how long" as well as "what." For example: "I will keep a smoking journal fo

  2. Quitting Smoking - Why Do You Smoke?

    Most people don't think about when or why they use tobacco. They just do it. However, knowing when and why you smoke or chew can help you choose the quitting strategy that is most likely to work. Perhaps you use tobacco:To relieve tension, especially after arguments or during stressful times, or when you feel angry or upset.To control your weight, either by keeping it down or because you're ...

  3. Ned's Story: Quitting Smoking - Ned's story

    I've been smoking ever since I was a teenager. That’s 40-something years ago. I never really thought about what could happen to this old body if I kept lighting up. I just knew that I loved to smoke. Then I started to notice that it was getting harder and harder to do simple things like walk to my mailbox. One time my chest was so heavy that I lay down on the sidewalk until I could catch ...

  4. Quitting Smoking - Ready to Quit Today?

    When you plan your strategy for quitting tobacco, use the U.S. Surgeon General's five keys to quitting: get ready, get support, learn new skills and behaviors, get and use medication, and be prepared for relapse.1. Get readyContact your local health department for information about the kinds of help available in your area for people who want to quit smoking. Telephone help lines operated by your .

  5. Quitting Smoking: Dealing With Weight Gain

    Many people worry about gaining weight when they quit smoking. Most people do gain weight,but it's usually less than 10 pounds. 1 The good news is that there are steps you can take to keep your weight gain small. The important thing is to quit smoking. The minute you quit,you'll be starting a much healthier life. Key points Smoking is much worse for your health than gaining a few pounds. ...

  6. Quitting Smoking - Dealing With Relapse

    You're not alone in going back to smoking. Most people who quit try 8 to 10 times before they quit for good. 2 Don't feel bad about yourself. A relapse is just a sign that you need to try a different approach to quitting smoking. If you tried to quit without medicines or a program,think about trying them next time. Medicines and nicotine replacement (gum,patches,lozenges) can double your ...

  7. Nate's Story: Sick of Smoking - Nate's story

    After 8 years of trying to quit smoking,Nate was sick of it-literally. His throat hurt so much from smoking that he said to himself,"This is stupid." He tossed his pack of cigarettes to a friend and hasn't looked back. Nate started smoking in his teens with friends from school. After 2 years of smoking,he'd had enough. But by then he was hooked,and quitting was hard. "It was like a ...

  8. Quitting Smoking - Staying Smoke-Free

    Many of the changes you feel when you first quit tobacco are not positive. Nicotine withdrawal can make you feel short - tempered and grumpy. You may have trouble sleeping or concentrating. You may struggle with changing your smoking habits and rituals. This is a lot to deal with, but keep at it. You will feel better.You may struggle for many months to stay tobacco - free. At some point, however,

  9. Quitting Smoking - Why Quit?

    More than 430, 000 people die each year from tobacco - related diseases. Tobacco use, especially smoking, is the number - one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.3Everyone who uses tobacco would benefit from quitting. The earlier you quit using tobacco, the greater your chance of reversing the risk of tobacco - related diseases. When you quit smoking-no matter how old you a

  10. Comparing Stop-Smoking Medicines - Topic Overview

    Several medicines can help you stop smoking. You can take medicine to reduce your craving for nicotine. You also can use nicotine replacement products to reduce cravings and give you smaller and smaller amounts of nicotine. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine-or combination of medicines-will work best for you. Most people find that it helps to use more than one at the same time. ...

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