Quit Smoking: Tips & Resources
Don’t forget about the 5D’s
It might be tough, but try to avoid places where you normally smoke and other smokers. Tell your friends who smoke that you are quitting. They will understand if you need to stay away for a while.
Adapted from: Ontario Lung Association Journey 2 Quit
Making a quit plan is important to your eventual success in quitting smoking.
Your plan should include steps to take to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke, such as:
Withdrawal symptoms may occur when your brain and body are missing the nicotine. These may cause discomfort, but the good news is these symptoms don’t last for long and you can prepare for them ahead of time.
Typical withdrawal symptoms from quitting smoking include:
• Dizziness – usually lasts for 1 or 2 days.
• Dry throat and cough – usually lasts for a few days.
• Trouble sleeping – usually lasts for a week.
• Tight chest – usually lasts for a few weeks.
• Tiredness, hunger and bad mood – usually lasts for 2-4 weeks.
Learn how to manage your cravings – the 5 Ds
Managing your craving for nicotine without reaching for a cigarette is important for successfully quitting.
To help you get over the cravings, you might think of the 5 Ds:
Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs)
Over-the-counter nicotine products give your brain some of the nicotine without the other harmful chemicals. This helps with your cravings and makes it easier to quit.
These products are available in different strengths and forms to suit your needs. Just ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about some of the different forms of NRTs available, including:
These products help control the craving for nicotine by affecting your brain. The Pharmacist at Walmart is now authorized to write prescriptions for these medications, including:
Remember the old saying, “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again”? That might have been written about people who are trying to quit smoking.
Relapse is considered normal during the quit process. It can be viewed as a learning experience for the next quit attempt. You’re not alone: remember, on average, it takes Canadians 3-4 tries before they succeed in quitting for good.
To increase the chances of successfully quitting, most smokers need:
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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