You can do it! Here are 5 quit smoking tips that worked for me

Jan 18, 2018 | News

Throughout January many of us are looking for ways to change unhealthy habits to healthy ones. We look at the coming year as a time to improve our health and wellness. If one of your goals in 2018 is to become a non-smoker there are many supports and services available to you. With National Non-Smoking Week happening next week (Jan. 21-27) and Weedless Wednesday falling in the middle on January 24, if you’ve decided 2018 is the year you break the smoking habit, next week may be a good time to start on the journey.

Whatever your “reason” for starting to smoke, the reason you quit - for your health, pocketbook and loved ones - is a better reason to become a non-smoker in 2018. In B.C. those who identify as smokers continues to be on the decline from 11.3 per cent in 2013 to 10.2 per cent in 2015, below the 13 per cent national average.

Is it easy to quit smoking? No. But I’d wager a guess we have all done things that weren’t easy and we succeeded. You can become a non-smoker and there is help and support available. You’ll find a list of resources and supports on PHC Connect OH&S.

Here is what worked for me 25 years ago (after a few previous attempts):

  1. Water, and lots of it. I gave up coffee (trigger) and started drinking tea (non-trigger) and lots of water. If you don’t like plain water, add some lemon or cucumber slices or drink carbonated water.
  2. Walking. Initially, on my days off, I walked for miles then I took up capoeira and rock climbing. (Check out Walk or Run to Quit as an activity option.)
  3. I learned how to knit.
  4. Ate lots of carrot sticks and celery.
  5. Chewed lots of gum.

Make 2018 the year you become a non-smoker. You can do it!

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