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How to Quit Smoking for Good

June 19, 2013 by Shelley Canitz

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Was it you? Were you the one who told everybody that you were going to quit smoking? That this was going to be the last time you ever smoked? It was you, wasn't it? Are you standing there now, cigarette in hand, feeling bad?

If so, it’s time to get off the pity bus - seriously... get off right now... because when you do, a lot of your pals will join you. Sure, there are some people who quit smoking the very first time. But I think they're a small minority - evidence shows it takes, on average, six times of attempting to quit smoking before someone successfully quits for life.

So does that mean you have to put yourself through this quitting thing another five times before it sticks? Not at all.

What it means is that you actually learned a lot during your last quit attempt. Maybe you 'white-knuckled it', trying to stop smoking all on your own. Maybe this time you’d like a bit of support from a quit buddy (you know, that guy in accounting who’s also been trying to quit). Start asking around.

Maybe this time, you want to try some nicotine gum or patches through the BC Smoking Cessation Program to even out those cravings. Give them a call at 8-1-1. If you're really pressed for time, they can mail it to you!

Talk to your doctor... while he or she is checking your meds for high blood pressure, ask them about whether you're a good candidate for prescription smoking cessation medication - and if you're eligible within Pharmacare. You can get a 12 week supply through the BC Smoking Cessation Program.

I think when you look back, you may see the triggers that got you smoking again. Did one of the kids spike a really high fever and you were worried? Were you at the neighbourhood barbeque and thought one cigarette wouldn’t hurt? Maybe... did your spouse ask you to start smoking again so you wouldn't be such a bear around the house?

While you're pondering those events, check out the QuitNow Services Facebook page. What you see there may just be the kind of back-up you need to try this again. With one quick entry, a world of help will open up from people who’ve struggled just like you... and over time, you just might find that you're the one giving support and encouragement to someone who's trying to quit again.

Tell us about your road to quitting. What were the things that made it easier each time?

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