As we head into 2019, kicking bad habits is a priority for many people. One habit that countless Americans vow to stop is smoking.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our country killing more than 480,000 Americans each year.
A great first step to stop smoking is to pick a quit date and let your loved ones know so they can support and encourage you.
Next, identify your smoking triggers and the reasons you want to quit smoking and write out that list to keep as a reminder.
Developing coping strategies is important because your body is going to have to adjust to not having that nicotine in its system and it’s helpful to have places to turn to including support groups and close friends.
Lastly, be sure to celebrate your accomplishment whether it’s your first 24 hours smoke free or first year smoke free. You can celebrate by going to a movie, heading out for ice cream, or purchasing that new sweater you’ve been eyeing while you leave smoking behind in 2018.