Most people find it hard to quit smoking. Quitting can be hard, but it’s not impossible. Many people like me have quit smoking. You can too !
Counseling, medications, and other supports can help you quit.
If you’ve tried quitting smoking before but couldn’t do it, try again. Each time you try, it will get easier. You will be one step closer to quitting for good.
Now is the best time to quit. It’s never too late.
Why quitting smoking can seem so hard ?
Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, and addictive, high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety, or even boredom.
At the same time, the act of smoking is ingrained as a daily ritual. It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, while taking a break from work or school, or during your commute home at the end of a long day. Perhaps friends, family members, and colleagues smoke, and it has become part of the way you relate with them.
Quitting smoking is tough. You are going to spend time, energy, and maybe even money to try to quit. So it’s best to choose quit smoking methods that are proven to work.
We’ve reviewed the medical evidence and put a list of proven quit smoking methods, above. There are also some unproven quit smoking methods that people and companies may try to sell you.
These quit smoking methods have not been proven to work:
It's best to check with your doctor before spending money on these therapies.