25 Things To Keep In Mind When Quitting Smoking

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Quitting smoking is hard. There’s no denying it. Trying to quit can feel nigh impossible at times, like digging through a brick wall with a toothpick. Still, there’s never been a better time to quit than today. Jam-packed in one cigarette is a deadly concoction of 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which cause cancer. It’s a leading reason for significant health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular among many others. It’s not good. We assume you’re here to either quit smoking, or you’re already on the path, so let’s talk about 25 Things To Keep In Mind When Quitting Smoking.


25

Alcohol Triggers the Craving

alcoholSource: https://smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/alcohol-smoking

If you’re trying to quit smoking but also drink alcohol, then you’ll want to put the bottle down for a while to help you stop smoking. Alcohol is a common smoking trigger. If this is a trigger for you, definitely stop drinking.

24

Set a Date

dateSource: https://www.becomeanex.org/set-your-quit-date.php

Quitting means quitting and to help your journey, you need to set a quit date. There are online apps and tools that can help you set a date and keep you accountable. Even consider writing out a contract, signing it, and giving it to a friend or accountability partner.

23

You Might Get Depression

depressionSource: https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-when-you-quit-smoking-2825274

Anxiety, fatigue, loss of interest, and downright depression are all symptoms of quitting smoking. Some of these might be worse than others for different people, and if you have a history of depression, then you may need to seek help from a doctor to manage it.

22

Switch to Decaf

decafSource: http://www.iquitmonday.org/caffeine-and-smoking/

Unfortunately, if you’re also a heavy coffee or soda drinker, then you need to know caffeine is a big smoking trigger. It also affects you physiologically. Non-smokers metabolize caffeine slower than smokers. This means, once you quit, you’ll need half of the caffeine you once did. So, don’t cut yourself off completely but just switch to decaf or start cutting down on the coffee.

21

You May Gain Weight

scaleSource: https://www.quit.org.au/articles/withdrawals-what-to-expect/

Quitting smoking can have the unfortunate side effect of gaining weight. Usually, the stress of quitting leads people to eat more. You’ll want to try to combat stress eating while you quit.



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