5 Ways to Quit Smoking in 2018

Make 2018 your year to quit smoking and make a plan on how to stick to your quit!We all know by now how smoking negatively impacts health, but for diabetics, it can be particularly damaging: according to the website Diabetes UK, “smoking can double the likelihood of [diabetes-related] heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and erectile dysfunction.” About.com says that, “Both [smoking and diabetes] can damage your heart and your circulation. Both can raise your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Smokers also have a harder time controlling their blood glucose levels, because insulin resistance is increased by smoking.”

Unfortunately, smokers also know how tough it can be to kick this habit. Here are 5 ways to ease yourself into your “Quit Day.”

Step 1:  Be Specific

Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, set a date and develop a plan. Visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help picking a plan that works for you.

Step 2:  Solo = No Go

Quitting is easier with the support of family and friends. Tell them you’ve decided to quit, and give them specific ways in which they can be helpful. Seek out friends who have quit successfully and ask what worked for them.

Step 3:  Keep busy

Replace smoking with healthy habits like exercise or active socializing. Make plans with non-smoking friends. And keep your mouth busy too: try chewing sugarless gum.

Step 4:  Avoid triggers

Stay away from people, places and things that make you want to smoke. Throw out cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays, and frequent spots like restaurants where smoking is prohibited.

Step 5:  Celebrate little victories

Your ultimate goal may be forever, but reward yourself for reaching mini-milestones like one smoke-free day, five days, one month etc.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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