Quit-Smoking Action Plan

We get it, trying to quit smoking is beyond hard, but tobacco really can kill you. In honor of World No Tobacco Day, do yourself a favor… put down the cigarette and take the first step towards quitting. Check out Mayo Clinic’s quit smoking action plan for resources and guidance.

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We get it, trying to quit smoking is beyond hard, but tobacco really can kill you.


i am in my early fifties and wish to quit smmoking. Iam addicted,can't do without it for six hours!!!

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My experience: After several failed tries over the years, this what worked for me. First and what I found to be most important was that I was doing this for myself and not others. I also made a commitment to reevaluate that commitment often based on my progress or lack of it. My choice was to stop "cold turkey" as easing off never was successful for me. I started with a one week commitment. I acknowledged before hand that withdrawal would possibly make me irritable and uncomfortable. That was a key to my eventual success and served me well throughout. I also kept my family and fellow workers informed. That first week and following, I used cut down swizzle sticks and sucking candy to substitute for the actions of smoking. I found that as soon as I acknowledged that I was having an urge to smoke, the urge quickly diminished. At the end of that first week the smell of cigarette smoke was revolting and I continued to make that commitment every week for a long time. It's been almost 40 years since I started and I still sense an urge every now and then. The addiction to nicotine has been characterized as one of the most difficult to get rid of but no matter what method you use, do it for yourself and
make that commitment for yourself as often as you need.

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Swizzle sticks and sugar free hard candy helped me become smoke free. Pat K.

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@sylves

i am in my early fifties and wish to quit smmoking. Iam addicted,can't do without it for six hours!!!

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I finally quit smoking when I was 67 after my cousin died with throat cancer. I started with nicotine patches as directed for two months, then the next box of patches, I cut each patch in half until it was gone, then the next box I cut into fourths, the next box eighths and etc. It took me seven months by doing this but I am proud to say it was successful. My sister and brother had already had lung cancer and I had cut back to 6 cigarettes a day for several years before I tried the patches. That was 17 years ago.
I agree nothing is harder and you have to want it for yourself.

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