Quitting smoking can be very difficult and there is no single best way to quit that works for all people. Some approaches to try that might help you kick the habit include:
Pick a quit date one to three weeks in the future. Prepare for the date by cutting down on smoking, staying away from your favorite places to smoke, and making a plan for how you will deal with stressful events without smoking.
On your quit date, get rid of all cigarettes, keep busy, and stay in smoke-free places.
Talk to your doctor to see if you should try nicotine replacement therapy or if a non-nicotine prescription treatment is right for you.
Make a clean break. Do not allow yourself to smoke "now and then." An addiction to nicotine can be reactivated anytime, even years after quitting.
Take it one moment, one hour, one day at time. Cravings to smoke are usually short-lived and will go away whether or not you have a cigarette.
Get help with quitting if you need it. Choose a comprehensive smoking cessation program that does not rely on a single technique (such as hypnosis). Your doctor can point you in the right direction.
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