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Cutting down or quitting smoking can be very hard. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Get your smoking cessation plan off to a ‘START’:

S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to a doctor or counsellor about getting help to quit.

  • When you quit or reduce your tobacco intake, you may feel physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches etc because you’re lacking the immediate release of sugar that comes from nicotine. You may also have a bigger appetite. These sugar-related cravings should only last a few days until your body adjusts, so keep your sugar levels a bit higher than usual on those days (unless you’re a diabetic). It will help prevent the craving symptoms and help your body re-adjust back to normal.
  • Drinking plenty of water after smoking, flushes some of the toxins out of your body and can reduce your craving for another cigarette.
  • Keep your hands/fingers busy: squeezing stress balls, playing with paper clips, or using your phone are all good substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile stimulation.

Good Luck! Changing behaviour isn’t easy, persevere and never give up!

For more information and advice about smoking cessation or substance abuse, contact BOSASNet and speak to one of our Counsellors in confidence. You can call us on 3959119, 72659891. Find us on Facebook or visit us at www.bosasnet.com


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