Deciding to quit smoking was not easy for me. I don’t deal with stress well, but my health comes first, and learning how to cope with stress is part of staying healthy. I did not suddenly choose to quit smoking; I thought about it for some time. In the past I have, on a whim, tried to quit and found myself opening another pack before the hour was up or I was going for dab rigs under 50.

Today the smoker who has decided to quit has an array of options besides the cold turkey method. There are patches, gums, mints that can now be purchased at your nearby pharmacy. Go online and you can find sites that sell fake cigarettes and tiny magnets that go on your ear. Other stop smoking aids can be found through your family doctor. All of these have their uses as either actual aids or placebos that may work only because the user believes they will work. For some, like myself, health issues not only determine a need but how to quit smoking.

If you’ve been thinking about smoking you are already starting the process. Your next step is to decide on a quit date. When you quit is important. Try to pick as calm as period as possible. If you are stressed because of things going on in your life when you quit your chance of failure is higher. If you have to quit during these times make sure you are able to get away from your stress when possible. Take baths, go for a walk, listen to calming music.

Get rid of everything that has to do with smoking. Ashtrays, cigarettes, lighters. Use a smoker’s candle or a spray air freshener to rid the air of tobacco smells.

Tell your friends and family you are quitting. Ask them to support you by not smoking around you. Inform your doctor that you are quitting. There are support groups that will help encourage you. Many hospitals have programs or contact your area health department to get information on programs in your area. The more support you have, the better your chances.

Make up your mind that you are not going to smoke. During the times of day, you would normally light up take a walk, clean, or go somewhere smoking is prohibited. Learn a craft that keeps your hands busy. Take a cooking class. Paint your walls to get rid of the smoke-stained walls and the odor. Have your carpets cleaned? Change the habits that would make you want to smoke. If coffee and cigarettes are a common combination for you change to another beverage and drink plenty of water.

Don’t fret over setbacks. It takes many people more than once to quit for good. Be aware of conditions that may cause you to want to smoke. Avoid alcohol and stay away from other smokers. Self-image can be affected by the weight you may gain by quitting. Instead of opening a pack starts an exercise program; talk with a nutritionist about healthy foods to help you lose weight and stay fit.

How to quit smoking is as important as why you are quitting. Find what works best for you and you are most comfortable with. What works for someone else may not be the best choice for you. Sticking with it and continuing to try until you succeed will give you the best chance of giving up smoking for good.