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This year I want to quit smoking for good. I was a pack a day smoker for 20 years and have cut back to only 5 or 6 a day, but just can’t seem to get over the hump. My husband and children have never smoked and have been asking me to kick the habit for years. I was recently blessed with my first grandchild and have decided this must be a priority. What should I do and can you help offer guidance for my success?
There is no “one size fits all” solution to quit smoking, but the first and most important thing is YOU WANT TO QUIT. Kicking the smoking habit requires willpower – but that... read more
There is no “one size fits all” solution to quit smoking, but the first and most important thing is YOU WANT TO QUIT. Kicking the smoking habit requires willpower – but that’s only part of the equation. Cigarettes are manufactured to be addictive, and there are a number of prescription and over-the-counter products that can reduce your cravings. Talk to your physician or consider counseling. A doctor can help determine what the best plan and products are for your success. Much like a good workout plan, a journal is a great tool in conquering any addiction. Take notes of when and where you typically smoke and why. Now think how you will overcome your urge to smoke in each situation. Good luck and remember you are not alone. Look to your family for support and seek out a reputable expert in smoking cessation.