Expert Answers: Ways to Quit Smoking
One of the most pressing questions we've seen in the community is how to quit smoking, which can be vital when facing COPD. We realize that this can be extremely challenging, so we asked our experts John, Leon and Lyn to share their experience with the following question:
What are some successful ways you've seen people quit smoking?
Response from John
I have seen people quit smoking using just about every method ever created. I have seen some go cold turkey, I have some use the patch, and some use a medicine to take off the edge of withdrawal. The trick is to work with your doctor and find a method that works best for you. And, most important, NEVER QUIT QUITTING!
Response from Leon
This is a very individual accomplishment for patients. Clearly, people have been successful in stopping their individual smoking habits in a variety of ways. The range (I have seen) has run the gamut from patients who've done this 'cold turkey', to following the guidelines of a supervising physician through the use of medication.
- Use the buddy system. Team up with a good friend to be your coach and confidant.
- Put the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a jar and reward yourself after a set period of time – two weeks, one month. (A movie, dinner out, a massage)
- Keep your mouth busy with gum, sugarless candy, crunchy vegetables, or a toothpick.
- Change your routine during the times you would usually smoke. For example, if it’s after meals, get up immediately and do something different – go for a walk, do the dishes, play with the dog.
How about you? If you quit smoking, how did you do it? Please share with the COPD.net community by telling us about it in the comments below!
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