Smoking cessation

Our tips for quitting

There are several ways to go about it, and it is worth noting that while one solution might work well for someone, another may work better for you. What’s important is not to get discouraged and to think about your well-being, as well as that of those around you. Once you have made up your mind, you will have to be patient and use willpower, but the result will definitely be worth it.

Get ready to quit with these simple tips

Granted, smoking is an addiction, but it is also a habit. Start by making a few changes in your home and try to incorporate new lifestyle habits. For example:

  • Limit the number of cigarettes you smoke each day and reduce your limit gradually each week;
  • Clean up your home by throwing away ashtrays and even matches. Then you’ll have no choice but to find other ways to smoke your cigarettes, which may discourage you;  
  • Choose a specific date to stop smoking and respect your own commitment so it will be easier for you to take the decision seriously;
  • Sign up for a fitness program to get back in shape and concentrate on your cardiovascular health. By reducing your tobacco consumption, it will be even easier to see the improvements in your health and well-being;
  • Quit with a friend or a colleague so you can share your goal and support each other throughout the journey. Talking to someone who is experiencing the same thing will help you to get through it easier;
  • Plan a way to reward yourself with something special (using the money you saved on cigarettes) for this positive change in your life.

Try a nicotine replacement therapy (e.g., Habitrol® or Nicorette® patches)

One of the biggest concerns of smokers when they are preparing to stop smoking is to experience the negative side effects that a lack of nicotine can cause. Since nicotine creates physical dependence, it is normal to experience unpleasant symptoms when you are no longer exposed to it. Constipation, dizziness, insomnia and fatigue are all things that people may experience when they are in sudden nicotine withdrawal.

This is why replacement therapy can be a good choice to prepare your body for this lack. Whether as patches, lozenges, gum or in an inhaler, this approach aims to gradually reduce the quantity of nicotine your body receives, without your having to deal with the negative effects of cigarette smoke. This solution helps to reduce the craving for cigarettes, while minimizing the impact that withdrawal can have on your body. Your Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist can give you all the information you need about this therapy.

Other medications

Other prescription medications proven to help quit smoking are also available at the pharmacy. Don’t hesitate to discuss them with your Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist or doctor—they will be able to advise you about the best choice of an effective medication for you.

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist-owners cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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