How to Ensure the Long-term Success of Smoking Cessation

Monday 15 November 2021
Smoking
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Table of Contents


I. Preparing to Quit Smoking

II. Tools to Help You Quit Smoking

III. Weight Gain After Smoking Cessation

IV. Preventing Relapse


Preparing to Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco can be highly addictive, and many smokers develop a dependence on nicotine. Nicotine is the addictive substance that naturally occurs in tobacco. [1] Researchers have found that this substance can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals that are detrimental to your health. These harmful substances are absorbed through the lungs and spread quickly throughout the body. Tobacco users tend to smoke more cigarettes as the body adapts to higher nicotine levels. [1]

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Nicotine floods the brain with dopamine, a reward chemical that can give you the feeling of a small adrenaline rush. The pleasant feeling from smoking starts to wear off within a few minutes after taking a puff from a cigarette. [1] People may smoke for a number of reasons, but the need to light up again occurs in all smokers once the dopamine hit fades.

Even though many smokers want to quit, smoking is a bad cycle that is difficult to break. Attempts at quitting may cause withdrawal symptoms like headaches, nervousness, and trouble sleeping. Nowadays, many tools are available to help you successfully quit smoking. In addition to education and support, medications like Chantix (varenicline) can increase your chances of overcoming your smoking addiction. Read on to learn more about how you can ensure the long-term success of smoking cessation.

Tools to Help You Quit Smoking

If you smoke to deal with stress, relaxation techniques can be a good substitute that removes your need to smoke. Attempting to quit smoking can be stressful itself. Helpful activities that may alleviate stress include listening to calming music, taking deep breaths, yoga, and meditation. Exercise can also be a good way to replace the pleasant feelings from smoking with a healthy dopamine rush. Many smokers have used sports to successfully quit smoking. [2]

Quitting smoking may feel like a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. You can spend time with your family and friends to ensure they hold you accountable on your smoking journey. In-person, online, or over-the-phone support groups are also available. Stop-smoking programs can inspire you with success stories and ideas on how to manage your tobacco cravings. [2]

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Many smokers think that “just one” cigarette won’t harm their path to quitting. This mentality sets you up for failure. Like all addictions, “just one” often leads to many more, increasing your risk of relapse. [2]

Finally, you will have a better chance of not smoking by avoiding places and situations that trigger the desire to smoke. For example, smoking is common at parties and bars. By avoiding these places, you reduce your exposure to temptation and are more likely to succeed. [2]

Weight Gain After Smoking Cessation

After quitting, you may gain a few pounds of body weight because your metabolism may slow due to nicotine withdrawal. Do not be discouraged because it is better to gain a little weight than to continue smoking. You can minimize weight gain after quitting by eating a variety of healthy foods like low-fat yogurt, lean meats, legumes, and fresh fruits. Staying hydrated throughout the day can help prevent overeating. Ask your doctor how a healthy diet plan can improve how you feel on your quitting journey. [3]

Preventing Relapse

To successfully quit smoking, you need to prevent relapses. A relapse occurs when a smoker who has quit returns to smoking regularly. Most relapses occur the first week after quitting. A good way to avoid relapsing is to focus on milestones and celebrate the small victories like an hour, a day, or a week without smoking. [4]

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Try not to be harsh on yourself if you relapse. Many success stories don’t happen on the first try and you can learn from each slip-up. If you reached for a cigarette because you were around others who smoke, try to foresee and avoid these situations next time. Your chances of quitting will improve as you get better at identifying your triggers and coping with temptation. [4]

If you think you need medicine to help you successfully quit, ask your doctor about Chantix (varenicline). Chantix is a prescription medication belonging to the drug class Smoking Cessation Aids. Chantix may be used alone or with other medications and therapies to assist in quitting. [5] Varenicline is typically taken for a 12-week period until you no longer smoke. [6] Visit Canada Drug Warehouse to fill your prescription for Chantix today.

The content in this article is intended for informational purposes only. This website does not provide medical advice. In all circumstances, you should always seek the advice of your physician and/or other qualified health professionals(s) for drug, medical condition, or treatment advice. The content provided on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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