Many of us make resolutions for the new year, and some we’re more serious about than others. We may strive to exercise more, build a savings account, quit smoking, and so on. A common New Year’s resolutions for Americans is to quit smoking. We all know that smoking is harmful for our health. Even e-cigarettes and vaping devices containing nicotine can cause health risks.

“While the possible long-term health effects of e-cigarettes aren’t yet clear, there have been recent reports of serious lung disease in some people using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.”

– The American Cancer Society

Maybe you’ve considered quitting smoking in the past but you’re not sure where to start. When you decide it’s time to stop smoking, turn to this short list of ways to help you quit for good.

1. Make a list.

Writing down the reasons you want to quit smoking can help you stay motivated when you are craving tobacco. Put the list somewhere you can see it every day – like on your fridge or in a note on your phone.

2. Reward yourself.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends rewarding yourself for staying tobacco free for 24 hours, a week, a month, and so on. Set tobacco-free milestones ahead of time and treat yourself to a movie, your favorite meal, or another smoke-free activity. 

3. Practice Tai Chi.  

According to Medical News Today, a study suggests that, “practicing Tai Chi three times a week is an effective means to help people ‘either stop smoking or reduce their habit.’” Tai Chi and other mind-body practices like yoga and meditation can help reduce stress, too. Learn more about Tai Chi classes at Zumbro Valley Health Center by calling 507.289.2089.

4. Make a behavioral therapy appointment.

Working with a licensed therapist or counselor can help you identify the triggers that lead to you to smoke. Our team of caring, compassionate staff will work closely with you to find new coping skills, set treatment goals, and stay motivated.

We understand it can be difficult to stop smoking but know that you’re not alone. When you’re ready to quit, our supportive staff can provide the right skills, knowledge, and support you need to modify your lifestyle. We’re here to help you create a customized plan that meets your individual needs.