Like many smokers, you're likely addicted to the nicotine in tobacco, and when you stop smoking, you’re likely to go through a withdrawal period. This typically involves both physical symptoms (tiredness, irritability, headaches, anxiety) and an emotional need for a cigarette.
It isn't easy to get over an addiction to tobacco, but many people have succeeded, often on a second or third try. The longer you stay nicotine-free, the less of a hold it will have over you. The following tips are intended to help an addicted smoker make it through withdrawal and give up for good:
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about pharmacological aids (like Zyban, Champix, or nicotine replacement devices) to help avoid withdrawal symptoms.
- Smoke more than you want to for a day or two before you quit. This "overkill" may help spoil your taste for cigarettes.
- Go "cold turkey". Tapering off gradually probably won't work for you, because the moment you put out one cigarette you begin craving the next.
- Tell family and friends you've stopped smoking: ask for help if you need it. Keep away from cigarettes completely: destroy any you may still have and get rid of ashtrays. Avoid smokers and smoking venues.
- Think of yourself as a non-smoker, and act like one. Put up "No Smoking" signs, and encourage others to stay smoke-free.
- Remember that physical withdrawal symptoms, though unpleasant, only last about two weeks.