Consider this: people who smoke eventually become physically and emotionally addicted to nicotine, which explains why it can be so hard to quit. In fact, on average, Canadians attempt to stop smoking five times before achieving success and only between five and 10 per cent of smokers manage to successfully quit cold turkey.
While there's no “one-size-fits-all” approach to quitting successfully, putting an effective quit plan in place is an important first step to take for smokers who are motivated to become smoke-free. Ultimately, an effective plan will help smokers prepare in advance to deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which can include light-headedness, restlessness, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability and aggression, craving for nicotine, depression, and increased appetite. Discussing nicotine withdrawal symptoms may make a quit attempt more successful.
“I had previously tried to quit five times and using a variety of methods, including cold turkey. I always went back to smoking though, even following my heart attack, because I was addicted to nicotine,” explains Michel Leclerc, an Ottawa-based former smoker. “It wasn't until I devised my own personal quit plan with the help of a counselor that I finally put together the key elements I needed to quit smoking for good. Quitting smoking, for me, was part of a complete healthy living plan and I feel better than I have in years.”
For many former smokers, quitting smoking is considered one of their greatest accomplishments. If you're a smoker looking to overcome your nicotine addiction, here are great ways to get started:
• Pick a quit date
• Keep a daily journal to determine your smoking triggers
• Seek counselling
• Join a smoking cessation support group
• Consult a doctor, a pharmacist or another healthcare professional about the prescription and non-prescription smoking cessation aids available
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Jay Gory, The Cheers News