Wellness Wednesday: Quit Smoking
Looking to quit smoking? There are many benefits to quit smoking including: increased life expectancy, enhancing quality of life, and improving your overall health status. One of the most common ways to reduce the urge to smoke is to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Nicotine Replacement Therapy includes: prescription nicotine via nasal spray or inhaler, over-the-counter nicotine patches and gum, or prescription non-nicotine medications. Consult your primary doctor before trying to quit smoking.
Create a support system of family and friends or someone who is also trying to quit to keep you accountable. When quitting gets tough and you start to encounter some triggers, your support system can help prevent relapse. Try to avoid any situations when you may have smoked most often.
Reward yourself often once you reach a milestone (one week, one month, etc.). Make the reward something that excites and motivates you to continue on your journey to a healthier life. Remember every time you resist the urge to smoke, you are taking one step closer to quitting for good.
To read more about the benefits of quitting smoking, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/benefits/index.htm