Five Keys for Quitting Smoking
1. Get Ready
* Set a quit date.
* Change your environment.
* Get rid of ALL cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and place of work.
* Don't let people smoke in your home.
* Review your past attempts to quit. Think about what worked and what did not.
* Once you quit, don't smokeâ€”NOT EVEN A PUFF!
2. Get Support and Encouragement
Studies have shown that you have a better chance of being successful if you have help. You can get support in many ways:
* Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you or leave cigarettes out where you can see ...view middle of the document...
* Nicotine gumâ€”Available over-the-counter.
* Nicotine inhalerâ€”Available by prescription.
* Nicotine nasal sprayâ€”Available by prescription.
* Nicotine patchâ€”Available by prescription and over-the-counter.
* Nicotine lozengeâ€”Available over-the-counter.
* Varenicline tartrateâ€”Available by prescription.
* Ask your health care provider for advice and carefully read the information on the package.
* All of these medications will at least double your chances of quitting and quitting for good.
* Nearly everyone who is trying to quit can benefit from using a medication. However, if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, nursing, younger than 18 years of age, smoking fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, or have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or other health care provider before taking medications.
* For information on FDA-approved medications, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. To find out more about prescriptions, contact your health care provider.