How to Quit Smoking

In order to quit smoking, you need to re-learn your life without cigarettes. It won’t happen overnight, but if you take some time before you stop smoking to prepare for what you’ll be facing on quit day and beyond, you’ll be that much closer to becoming an ex-smoker. There are three main things you’ll need to re-learn in order to quit smoking successfully. As the videos below will show, you need to re-learn habit, re-learn addiction and re-learn support. All three are important.

Re-learn Habit

When you smoke, there are lots of things you do just because that’s what you always do. Like reaching for a cigarette when you pour a cup of coffee in the morning or get in your car. In order to quit, you need to re-learn how to do all of these things without a cigarette. In this section, we’ll help you do that by picking apart your smoking habit into little pieces you can tackle one by one. Once you begin, you’ll start to look at quitting smoking not as one huge war, but as a series of small battles you can actually see yourself winning. Listen to ex-smoker Tonya explain.

Re-learn Addiction

Believe it or not, the nicotine in your cigarettes actually changes the chemistry of your brain. Once your brain gets used to nicotine, it begins to crave it and makes you miserable when it doesn’t get it. That’s why it can be so hard to “just quit.” In this section, we’ll talk about how you can beat those cravings and DOUBLE your chances of success. Listen to ex-smoker Ethan explain.

Re-learn Support

Some people like to keep quiet about the fact that they’re trying to quit smoking. That way if they aren’t able to do it, no one will have to know. That’s true, but having the support of friends and family can increase the chances that you WILL be able to do it. In this section, we’ll tell you how to get support from people, even the ones who don’t want to give it. And if you don’t have anyone around you to give support, the EX Community can provide the quit smoking support that you need. Listen to ex-smoker Jason explain.

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The first time a lot of us tried to quit, we quit secretly. We didn't want anyone to know we were trying. Looking back, we know now that by secretly quitting, we might've been giving ourselves permission to give up when things got hard. We also know now that there's no need to be embarrassed. There's no shame in not being able to quit. Quitting is tough. It may take a couple of tries. So telling your spouse, your family or even a few key friends is all part of a really smart plan.

Having the right kind of support from those around you is something that's really going to help you down the road when your quit day comes. So as you relearn the whole idea of support, you'll learn how to lean on the people around you and different ways to communicate with them how they can help. Even if it's just giving you space. It's all to improve your chances of quitting. And we'll introduce you to our other people in our online community who are going through the same things you are. Bottom line is this: people who get support increase their chances of quitting successfully by up to 50%. Remember, look at the emotional reasons why you smoke and reach out for support.

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