5 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

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Make today your quit day. Cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke this week. This way, you slowly reduce the amount of nicotine in your body. Be sure to get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car and at work. Here are some other tips to help you on quit day:

  • Talk to your friends and family. Ask them for support during these first few days and weeks. Ask family and friends who still smoke not to smoke around you, and not to leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
  • Pick a plan. It is hard to quit smoking on your own, but quitting ‘cold turkey’ is not your only choice. Will you use nicotine replacement therapy or other medicines? Talk to your doctor about your options. Quit Now Kentucky offers Kentucky residents free access to online quitting tools, support from other tobacco users who are trying to quit and other information to make your quitting easier.
  • Stay busy. It might seem simple, but staying busy is one of the best ways to stay smoke-free on your quit day. Get out of the house. Go to a movie. Chew on hard candy. Exercise and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid smoking triggers. Triggers are the people, places, things and situations that trigger your urge to smoke. On your quit day, it’s best to avoid them all together.
  • Stay positive. Quitting smoking happens one minute, one hour and one day at a time. Stay positive and the days will add up!

Alarming Facts: Kentucky has the nation’s second-highest adult smoking rate, as well the highest rate of smoking-related deaths. Most alarming of all, the smoking rate among high school students in Kentucky is the highest in the U.S.