5 Steps to Quit Smoking

Kick one of the most hazardous habits a human could get themselves into: smoking.

Smoking is dangerous. Smoking is one of the foulest things you could do to your body, and what’s worse, is that when you smoke you not only affect yourself, you are affecting those around you with second-hand smoke. Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit smoking, and quit for good. Using them together will give you the best fighting chance.

  1. Be Prepared. Simba’s uncle, Scar, warned us to “Be Prepared.” And while he was talking about his Nazi-like domination of Pride Rock, his advice still stands (though I would suggest not meeting him in a gorge while he gets your father).
  • Set a date to quit.
  • See why your past attempts have failed, and learn from them.
  • Change your surroundings – get rid of ALL cigarettes and anything else that may tempt you. And tell people that your home is now smoke-free.
  • Once you kick this nasty habit, never ever take even the slightest puff.
  1. Learn New Skills and Behaviors. To break your smoking habit, you might want to change some old innocent habits. (At least until you are officially not addicted.)
  • Learn to distract yourself when you’re tempted. Give someone a call, go for a walk, or pick up a new hobby (like drawing animated lions).
  • Changing your morning routine will tell your body and your brain that your nicotine levels are not something they should worry about. Try drinking tea instead of coffee, or instead of a muffin for breakfast have some eggs.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key when it comes to kicking your—soon to be old—nicotine habit.
  1. Get Support and Encouragement. Studies have shown that drug addicts are way more likely to recover when they have the support of their friends and family.
  • Tell your friends and family that you are going to quit, and you’d like their support. Tell them to not smoke around you, and have your back should you need it.
  • Free programs are available for you at local health centers and hospitals
  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) 
  1. Get Your Meds. Medication can help reduce the urge to smoke should you require it.
  • Ask your doctor about advice or prescriptions they can write you to help kick your addiction.
  • These medications will double your chances of quitting.
  1. Relapsing Is Not the End of the World. Most relapses occur within the first three months of trying to quit. Worry not, for many smokers have quit after relapsing—so you still have a chance!
  • Stay away from alcohol as inebriation will hinder your ability to fight the urge.
  • Mood swings and weight gain are common as your nicotine levels drop and your body gets used to this new style of living.

All of us at Pierce Insurance Group in McKinney, Texas would like to encourage you to try out these tips to help your quit smoking.