It is hard to stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco, but anyone can do it. There are many ways to quit smoking.
There are also resources to help you. Family members, friends, and co-workers may be supportive. Quitting tobacco is hard if you are acting alone.
To be successful, you must really want to quit. Most people who have quit smoking were unsuccessful at least once in the past. Try not to view past attempts to quit as failures. See them as learning experiences.
Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits they have created around smoking.
A smoking cessation program may improve your chance for success. These programs are offered by hospitals, health departments, community centers, work sites, and national organizations.
Nicotine replacement therapy may also be helpful. It involves the use of products that provide low doses of nicotine, but none of the toxins found in smoke. Nicotine replacement comes in the form of:
- Throat lozenges
- Nasal spray
- Skin patches
You can buy many types without a prescription. The goal is to relieve cravings for nicotine and ease your withdrawal symptoms.
Health experts warn that e-cigarettes are not a replacement therapy for cigarette smoking. It is not known exactly how much nicotine is in e-cigarette cartridges, because information on labels is often wrong.
Your health care provider can also prescribe other types of medicines to help you quit and prevent you from starting again.