It’s a process that may take time. Using nicotine replacement therapy can help. But it can be just as tough to stay smokefree.
There are steps you can take to help you stay smokefree, both now and long term.
The first hours, days, and weeks without cigarettes can be hard. Quitting is a process: take it one day at a time. Keeping a positive outlook can help you get through. There are ways to deal with stress and other strong emotions without cigarettes.
Staying smokefree is a big accomplishment. Treat yourself regularly. Now that you’re not buying cigarettes, you might have extra money to buy yourself something special. But your rewards don’t have to cost anything. Enjoy an outdoor hike now that you can breathe easier. Or invite a friend over for a movie night. If you have already built your quit plan, remind yourself of the rewards you chose. If you haven’t made a quit plan, it’s never too late.
Controlling your triggers and managing cravings can be hard, even after you’ve been smokefree for a while. Getting support from the people around you can help. Talk to the people who supported you when you first quit smoking. Friends and family members can play a big role in helping you stay smokefree. Let them know you’re in it for the long haul and what they can do to help.
The Southwest PA Wellness Partners Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.