Like many smokers, you're likely addicted to the nicotine in tobacco, and when you stop smoking, you’re likely to go through a withdrawal period. This typically involves both physical symptoms (tiredness, irritability, headaches, anxiety) and an emotional need for a cigarette.
It isn't easy to get over an addiction to tobacco, but many people have succeeded, often on a second or third try. The longer you stay nicotine-free, the less of a hold it will have over you. The following tips are intended to help an addicted smoker make it through withdrawal and give up for good:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about pharmacological aids (like Zyban, Champix, or nicotine replacement devices) to help avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Smoke more than you want to for a day or two before you quit. This "overkill" may help spoil your taste for cigarettes.
Go "cold turkey". Tapering off gradually probably won't work for you, because the moment you put out one cigarette you begin craving the next.
Tell family and friends you've stopped smoking: ask for help if you need it. Keep away from cigarettes completely: destroy any you may still have and get rid of ashtrays. Avoid smokers and smoking venues.
Think of yourself as a non-smoker, and act like one. Put up "No Smoking" signs, and encourage others to stay smoke-free.
Remember that physical withdrawal symptoms, though unpleasant, only last about two weeks.
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