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Plan to Quit Smoking
If you are thinking about quitting, it helps to prepare.
Why have you decided to quit smoking?
Make a list of your reasons.
When do you smoke?
Think about when you typically smoke. For example: When drinking coffee, after a meal, when talking on the phone, after finishing a chore, when watching TV. Make a list of the situations when you often smoke.
It helps to change your daily habits
Make a list of 3 daily habits you can change to reduce your chances of smoking.
Examples of possible changes:
Keep your hands and mouth busy
|If you smoke when you:
|| Try doing this:
||Have hot chocolate or herbal tea
|Finish a meal
||Get right up, take a walk, or go into another room
||Do something else with your hands (start a craft) and mouth (chew gum; eat a hard candy)
Make a list of 4 things you can do with your hands and mouth instead of smoking.
Examples of ways to keep your hands and mouth busy:
Consider using nicotine replacement or medicine to help you quit
|Play with a rubber band
|Hold a pen or pencil
||Eat some fresh fruit
|Draw or doodle
||Use a straw or toothpick
|Squeeze a rubber ball
||Suck on hard candy
|Work on a craft project
||Sip water or juice
Nicotine replacement products or medication may be helpful when you are trying to quit. These medications are covered by Medicaid and the State Employee Health Plan if you have a prescription from your doctor. Private insurers often cover the cost of these medications as well. Talk to your doctor before beginning any new medications or nicotine replacement products, even over-the-counter ones, especially if you are breastfeeding or might be pregnant. For more details, visit the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch's page on Medication Resources for Quitting Tobacco
Nicotine Replacement Products & Prescription Medications
Figure out who can help you quit smoking.
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|Over the Counter
||Zyban (also known as Wellbutrin and bupropion)
||Chantix (also known as varenicline)