Hints to help you to give up smok­ing

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - HEALTH -

IF one of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions is to quit smok­ing, there are a num­ber of ways to im­prove your chances of suc­cess, an ex­pert in to­bacco treat­ment says.

Ask your­self why you want to quit; re­move to­bacco products from your home and car; and set a quit date and stick to it, said Dr Michael Stein­berg. He is di­rec­tor of the To­bacco De­pen­dence Pro­gramme at Rut­gers Univer­sity in New Jer­sey.

Seek out help, he sug­gested. There are many re­sources and you don’t have to tackle this chal­lenge on your own, Stein­berg added.

Fol­low a healthy life­style, in­clud­ing eat­ing right, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and suf­fi­cient sleep. De­velop new cop­ing skills. Many peo­ple use cig­a­rettes to deal with stress, so it’s im­por­tant to find al­ter­na­tive meth­ods, he said.

Make a list of your smok­ing trig­gers and cues and try to avoid them. Also, take steps to avoid dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, Stein­berg said.

It’s also a good idea to lower your in­take of caf­feine, which can make you feel jit­tery or anx­ious.

Don’t try to quit cold turkey, be­cause do­ing so re­duces your chances of suc­cess, Stein­berg ad­vised.

You can sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove your like­li­hood of quit­ting if you use med­i­ca­tion to quell nico­tine crav­ing, get coun­selling to help with behaviour changes, and have good so­cial sup­port.

Stein­berg’s final piece of ad­vice is to never give up.

Nearly seven of 10 adult smok­ers report they want to quit, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est statis­tics from the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. – New York Times

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