Reasons to quit
- You may live longer and healthier
- Your family and friends won’t be exposed to second-hand smoke
- You save money. A pack-a-day smoker can spend up to $3,000 per year
- You avoid smelling like smoke, staining your teeth and getting early skin wrinkles
- You feel better and have more energy
Are you ready to quit?
- Are you just thinking about quitting or are you ready now?
- Have you talked to your doctor about quitting?
- Have you talked to your family and friends about quitting?
What will work for you?
- Self-help books
- Web-based programs
- Individual or group counselling
- Family and friends
- Prescription or non-prescription medications for withdrawal symptoms
- Remove lighters, ashtrays and matches
- Avoid areas where you have smoked in the past
The following are some common non-prescription medications to help you quit (these medications may double your chances of quitting). Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about a format that might work best with your lifestyle:
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenges
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine inhaler
Health benefits timeline
- Carbon monoxide levels in body drop
- Oxygen levels increase
- Decreased risk of heart attack
- Improved sense of smell and taste
- Easier breathing
- Increased lung capacity
- Blood circulation improved
- Lung function increased by up to 30%
- Coughing, stuffy nose, tiredness & shortness of breath improved
- Risk of smoking-related heart attack is halved
- Risk of death from lung cancer is halved
- Risk of dying from a heart attack is the same as a person who never smoked
- Sleep problems
- Appetite changes
- Trouble concentrating
Tips to manage cravings
- Relaxing music
- Cleaning your house
Find something to do with your hands and mouth. These ideas will keep your mind focused
- Use toothpicks
- Chew gum
- Use a stress ball to roll around your hands
- Play a game or write a message
Eat more fruits and veggies. Choose healthy snacks (like celery or carrots) to give your body good nutrients and vitamins, and help ease the cravings.
- Avoid being around other smokers. It might be best to avoid being around smokers until you have quit for at least a few weeks or the cravings are gone
- Remember, cravings often go away in just a couple of minutes. If you can just get through the first minute or two of a craving, it will soon be over
- Use your medications to quit properly
Look for help
There are many resources to help you succeed, from online advice and telephone support to one-on-one consultation with the pharmacist. Here are some websites to help you quit:
Your best support is your family and friends. Make sure you tell them your plan.
Before you begin using any products for smoking cessation, prescription or over-the-counter, be sure to speak with a healthcare professional so they can help you pick the best product for you.
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.