Congratulations! You are considering taking a step that will improve your life in many ways. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve your health. You may have considered that it will improve your breathing, sense of well-being and ability to exercise. It can also reduce your chances of dealing with disease and premature death. So, what is the best way to go about it? You are probably considering things like cutting down gradually or going "cold turkey." Whatever way works for you is the way to go. The average smoker tries to quit 8 to 11 times, so if you have not been successful yet, do not give up. Among the things to consider going forward are medical interventions, support systems and ways to maintain your life as a non-smoker.
If you are quitting smoking, there are pharmaceutical and nicotine replacement interventions that may be helpful. Of course, you must discuss these with your doctor first. Nicotine replacement comes in lozenge, chewing gum, patch, inhaler and nasal spray forms. There are also various pharmaceutical options that your doctor can discuss with you.
Support systems and counseling can also help you quit smoking. Counselors are available by phone to assist you. You could also get involved with a quit smoking program or support group in your area. You should also tell your friends and family of your plans so that they can support you in your efforts. For more information on these resources, ask your doctor, local hospital, or contact the American Cancer Society.
It is important to keep the benefits of quitting smoking in mind during this process. This will help you stick to your decision. The American Cancer Society website lists the benefits of quitting and the research behind it. Other benefits include improvements in your breathing, sense of smell, breath, teeth and hands. You will notice that you can walk upstairs without so much difficulty, and you can even start an exercise program. You will no longer have to go outside to smoke. Another huge benefit is that you will save a lot of money. Calculate all the money you will save over a lifetime to help you stick to your resolve.