Tips On How To Quit Smoking
June 03, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Tips On How To Quit Smoking


Deciding to quit smoking is the first step towards improving your lifestyle and overall health. Although sometimes is easier said than done because of the addictive substance found in tobacco called nicotine. Nicotine has the same effect as alcohol or illicit drugs, meaning it will continue to pull you back in. Below are three steps to help break the chains of addiction and enable your transition from a smoker to a non-smoker to be one of ease and simplicity.

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1.  Tell People and Remove the Product

•  To achieve success, start by removing all tobacco products from places you frequent, such as your home, car, and workplace. Also, tell your coworkers, family, and friends your plan to quit smoking. They will be able to encourage you and keep you accountable.


2.  Find a Program Near You

•  Once you have gathered support from your friends and family, it is time to rally outside support. It is essential to research different resources available near you, such as hotlines, support groups, and online programs.

•  Garnering support will help you stay on track during the first few weeks and months, which are considered a crucial time of breaking the addiction cycle.

•  If you have not located available resources near you, reach out to your local hospital to see if they have inpatient and outpatient programs available.  If not, they will be able to suggest available resources in your community.


3.  Speak with Your Physician

•  There are certain medications, both over the counter and prescription medications, that can assist you while trying to quit smoking.

  Nicotine replacement medications include nicotine gum, lozenges, patch, and spray.  All of these options can be bought over the counter except for nicotine spray, which requires a prescription.


Non-nicotine replacement medications require a prescription.  The two most popular medications are Welbutrin and Chantix. Both of these drugs will target and block the chemicals in the brain that spark the desire to smoke.  However, for these drugs to work correctly, they need time to build up in your system. This process can take weeks, so do not stop taking the medication if you do not notice immediate results.  Speak with your prescribing physician about other ways to help curb your desire to smoke until the prescribed medication kicks in. 

These are steps to get you moving in the right direction, but it is essential to discuss how the first few weeks of your journey will look.  Stay tuned tomorrow to discuss withdrawal symptoms, how to identify triggers, and how to avoid cravings.


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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.