According to the American Cancer Society, almost 34 million Americans still smoke, yet smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and illness worldwide. Quitting smoking can lead to immediate and long-term health benefits. Though the addiction to smoking can be difficult to break, here are some tips that can start in that direction.
- Chew a piece of gum or candy– Find something you enjoy chewing on to help fight tobacco cravings.
- Get active- Working out and being active is a great distractor from your tobacco craving. Try going on a brisk walk to get the craving out of your mind.
- Find a new stress reliever- Often people smoke to relieve stress. Find something that helps you relax in times of stress other than smoking like doing a puzzle, working in the yard, or baking a treat.
- Ask for help- Have a friend or family member who you can lean on in times when the cravings are strong.
- Remind yourself why- Remind yourself why you are choosing to quit, and the benefits you will gain from quitting.
Smoking is not an easy thing to quit, but with these tips you can start your journey to living a healthier life. If you or a loved one struggles with an addiction to smoking you can call or text the CDC’s quit-smoking hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for support and more tips.