Sometimes we all need a little nudge to make a significant life change. For many smokers, the Great American Smokeout is just that: a day full of encouragement and support to become smoke-free for good. The Great American Smokeout, hosted by the American Cancer Society, is an opportunity to commit to a tobacco-free life, by starting with just one day.
Today is the perfect day to let go of guilt, fear, and negative self-talk surrounding your quit. Be sure to focus on each of your daily quit successes, because they add up! Even if they didn’t last, former quits were great practice. Noting what was detrimental to your last quit is a good way to plan ahead for this time. You’ve had plenty of practice to make this quit your best – and last – quit ever.
Hookah is becoming a household word, but is hookah smoking safe? Studies indicate that it’s not: hookah smokers can be exposed to higher levels of carbon monoxide and other toxins than cigarette smokers, and hookah users are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Have you ever tried to quit smoking only to find your emotional stability had gone haywire, making the challenge overwhelming? Did quitting make you so irritable and grouchy that family and friends avoided you, perhaps even encouraged you to smoke again? Were feelings of anxiety and depression reasons to relapse back to smoking? If you can relate to any of these questions, know that you are not alone, and that emotional swings are common in the early stages of your quit. But they do not have to roadblock your success…quitting and staying quit is still an achievable goal!
Let's be clear about a few things before we begin. Most smokers try to quit smoking cold turkey (CT = without taking medication to manage detox symptoms). It's true. Also true? I quit smoking CT myself (from a 3-pack-per-day habit). And finally, I usually suggest that smokers try CT first, for the same reasons that most people do -- it's the quickest, easiest way to go for someone who wants to quit. No extra $$ spent, no waiting for NRT to arrive in the mail, no "Am I doing this right?"