Develop a Plan
Consider options such as self-help groups, counseling, relaxation exercises and programs, avoidance techniques, hypnotism, and nicotine gum or patches. For specific information on these options, speak with your personal doctor. You may also want to talk to others who have successfully quit about what strategies worked for them.
Have a Support System
Ask your family, friends and co-workers for their support and patience. Explain that you may be irritable for a while. Support programs are another valuable resource.
Quit Cold Turkey
Most former smokers kicked the habit by quitting cold turkey. Cutting back gradually may reinforce the habit. Switching to lower tar brands usually leads to smoking more cigarettes or inhaling more deeply.
When you’re tempted to light up, stop and think about the benefits of not smoking. For example: You’re dramatically reducing the risk of developing lung cancer and/or heart disease.
Your symtpoms may vary depending on your smoking habit.