If you’re a smoker, you probably already know it’s not a healthy habit. The benefits of not smoking are vast, but the bottom line is this: if you stop smoking now, you’ll have a better quality of life and more years to live it.
Today is Kick Butts Day, an initiative all about supporting people in their efforts to quit smoking and encouraging others on their path to a tobacco-free lifestyle.
We know that quitting smoking isn’t easy, but we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of tips and resources that can help you or someone you know start on the path toward success. Check them out and pass them along to family and friends.
- Learn about smoking-cessation aids. Quitting cold turkey isn’t the best option for everyone, and aids like nicotine patches, nicotine gum and medicines for withdrawal symptoms can help make quitting easier. Find about more about tools for helping you kick your habit.
- Make it through the hardest part. It’s often said that if you can make it through your first week of not smoking, when withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, you’ll be on your way to success. From establishing new morning routines and daily habits to exercising more, little lifestyle changes can help you get through the toughest part of your journey. Here are a few other tips to making it through your first days and weeks as a nonsmoker.
- Think about your weight. It’s not uncommon to experience weight gain after you stop smoking. Exercising regularly, eating fewer fatty foods and drinking plenty of water can help you maintain a healthy weight moving forward. Check out more suggestions for staying healthy after you quit smoking.
- A relapse isn’t the end of the world. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a cigarette after quitting. Relapse is a common occurrence and nothing to be ashamed of. Understanding why you chose to smoke is often the key to preventing it from happening again. Here are some additional tips for how to quit smoking after a relapse.
- You’ll feel better if you quit. From a healthier heart and lungs to whiter teeth and fewer wrinkles, you’ll reap major health benefits when you stop smoking. Check out our infographic for more reasons why kicking your habit is the way to go.