When you want to quit smoking, you must prepare yourself to stop, which can help increase your chances of success. Many people fail when trying to stop smoking due to the high addictiveness of nicotine, and many people do not have the mental strength or willpower to stay off the cigarettes. However, using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is an excellent way to help you quit and slowly wean yourself off your reliance on nicotine. Below are some tips to help your plan to stop smoking and increase your chances of success so you can regain control of your life again.
Visit Your Doctor
The best place to start is to visit your doctor, tell them your intentions to quit smoking and ask them what help is available. They can go through the various NRTs that you can consider using to wean yourself off your addiction to nicotine slowly, and they can also let you know what support groups are available. You will be surprised at how much it can help when you go to these support groups and talk with other people going through the same thing, making it easier to cope with for you. Once you know the local support and have gone through the pros and cons of each NRT method, you will need to decide which one is best for you to start using.
Selecting Your Preferred NRT
You will need to go away and consider your available NRT options and determine which one is best for you. There are plenty of choices available, and some of the most common ones include:
- Vaping Devices & E-Liquid
- Nicotine Patches
- Nicotine Gum
- Nicotine Lozenges
- Oral Nicotine Spray
- Nasal Nicotine Spray
Select which NRT you think is best for you and if you decide to use a vaping device, ensure you have all the accessories needed, including coils, atomisers, e-liquids, and anything else your chosen device needs. Once you have your chosen NRT, you can start planning when you will quit being a smoker.
Plan Your Last Day Smoking
You will want to choose a date and mark it on your calendar, which will be the first day you cease to be a smoker. You will want to start collecting all your smoking paraphernalia from around your home and car and clear it all to remove temptation. When it comes to your last day of being a smoker, ensure that any cigarettes you have left you destroy and put in the bin so you can start fresh the following day and not be tempted for one last puff.
Waking Up An Ex-Smoker
You will still face good and bad days when using an NRT to help you quit smoking, and sometimes you will be highly tempted to smoke. Try to resist temptation and keep yourself active, so you do not have time to think and dwell on it. You must take each day one at a time and try and remove yourself from situations where you may be tempted to smoke until you are fully comfortable using your chosen NRT to manage your cravings. Use the support available and with some willpower and determination, you can become an ex-smoker and open a new chapter in your life.