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This guide is not just for those who smoke cigarettes; it can also be useful if you use other tobacco products, such as smokeless products or little cigars. The quitting process is very similar to that of a cigarette smoker. Many facts are tailored to smokers; however, much of the information is applicable to you.
Now is a great time to quit smoking!
Day 1 – Pick a Quit Day
- Learn YOUR smoking triggers and make a plan to tackle tempting situations.
- Don’t try to quit on Friday or any day you know you are going to have major social pressures.
- A Tuesday works for many teens.
- WHEN you get a craving, grab a snack and go do something… anything to keep your hands and body busy.
- Take a music break (instead of a smoke break) when you study.
- Stay away from smoky areas.
- Try relaxation breathing or yoga if you get stressed.
- Using alcohol or drugs can make it harder to stay away from smoking, so don’t.
Day 2 – Reward Yourself
- 24 hours without smoking is a real victory so celebrate and do something special for yourself, like going to see a movie or spending time with friends.
- Choose your rewards carefully. Drinking alcohol is not a good reward because it may make you want to smoke.
Day 3 – Take Control
- Withdrawal symptoms during the first three days are pretty common so remind yourself that it will get better!
- After three weeks they should be mostly gone – so don’t give up
- Make a list of things you can do to deal with withdrawal symptoms.
Day 4: Stick To The Program
- Keep looking ahead. Think of yourself as a non-smoker. You can get back on track, even if you slip up.
- Learn new ways to deal with life’s ups and downs without returning to smoking.
- Exercise! It can do for you what smoking used to do.
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