Quitting is one of the hardest things for a smoker to do. The fact that so many people openly acknowledge the risks and detriments to their health, yet continue to smoke, illustrates just how difficult the battle can be. Smoking kills more than 430,000 people each year 1 and when it’s not fatal, it can cause devastating illnesses.
The first step on the path of quitting is figuring out why you smoke. Once you know what prompts you, you can start finding alternative behaviors that accomplish the same things. Here are a few examples of healthy behaviors you can choose instead of smoking:
|I use tobacco to:||I choose to:|
|Relieve stress – especially when I feel angry or upset.||Relieve stress with exercise.|
|Control my weight. I’m afraid I’ll gain weight if I quit.||Control my weight with exercise and healthy foods.|
|Boost my energy when I am feeling sluggish.||Boost my energy with exercise and healthy foods.|
|Be part of a group – I join my friends in having a cigarette.||Join a club or a team; find a hobby that gives me a healthy social outlet.|
Besides understanding your own motivations and choosing healthier alternatives to satisfy those motivations, there are other techniques you can use to help you quit.
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