To successfully quit smoking, it helps to have reasons for quitting that are stronger than the urges to smoke. There are many positive benefits to being a nonsmoker, so think about what motivates you. For example, when you quit you may:
Here are some of the health benefits:
There are things you can do to help yourself quit smoking:
Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigs, are battery-operated devices that look like a cigarette or cigar. They make a smokeless vapor that the user inhales. The vapor contains many chemicals, and often contains nicotine. E-cigs are not a good way to quit smoking because:
The symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine may be intense, especially during the first 72 hours after your last use of tobacco. When you stop smoking, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as:
The effects of nicotine withdrawal are different for each person. The symptoms gradually get better over the next few weeks or months. Hang in there. Most people no longer feel the effects of withdrawal 6 to 8 weeks after quitting. When the withdrawal symptoms go away you will start feeling better.
Smoking is an addictive habit. Most former smokers make several attempts to quit before they finally succeed. So, never say, "I can't." You CAN learn to live without cigarettes in your daily life. You can quit and quit for good. Just keep trying.
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