Welcome back to our blog! It’s hard to believe it’s already February! With that being said, we are sure many of you made your New Year’s resolutions list last month with all the health goals you would like to achieve this year. As your trusted Newark pharmacy, we want you to succeed in achieving these goals so that you can be healthy, strong, and live your life to its fullest. In today’s blog post, we will be starting a short blog series offering tips for achieving some of the most common health goals people set for themselves.

One of the most common intentions people set for themselves in the new year is to quit smoking cigarettes. In 2015, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15 out of every 100 American adults over the age of 18 reported smoking cigarettes regularly, accounting for about 36.5 million adults in the United States. Additionally, the CDC also reports that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable diseases and deaths in the U.S., alone, causing nearly 500,000 deaths each year. Setting the goal to quit smoking is one of the most important decisions a person can make to improve their health and overall quality of life as it relates to their wellness, and the wellness of others. As such, we want to help anyone who chooses to quit smoking achieve their goal. In the first installment of our blog series, let’s explore some of the changes you can make in your daily life to help you accomplish your goal to quit smoking cigarettes. Please continue reading below.

Set Realistic Goals

You know yourself better than anyone else. Take a look at your smoking habit and determine any patterns and triggers aid in your habit, and set realistic goals for how you can make the changes it will take for you to actually quit smoking. For some, going cold turkey is the best way for them to quit, while others may need to gradually reduce their tobacco intake slowly. Take your lifestyle, your stress patterns, and anything else that contributes to your smoking urges and set realistic goals for yourself that will allow you to follow through with them.     

Write Down Your Intentions

One of the first things you should do on your journey to become a non-smoker is to get a journal. This will give you a place to write down the goals and intentions you set for yourself. Writing these down will give you the chance to reflect on your initial goals, additional intentions you set along the way to achieving these goals, and any thoughts you wish to convey. Take time each day to write down your successes and your failures, which can help you recognize what works and what doesn’t.

Prepare To Quit

While some people prefer to quit cold turkey, others would rather plan out their path to quitting. Preparing to quit smoking might include talking with your doctor or pharmacist to get their recommendations. Preparations may also include throwing away packs of cigarettes, getting rid of ashtrays, and talking to your family, friends, and coworkers about your desire to quit. You might also wash jackets, blankets, and other personal items that might smell like smoke. If you have been smoking in your home and in your car, you may want to have your carpets professionally cleaned, and your car detailed to remove any trace of cigarette odors. Basically, consider anything that could be a potential trigger and address it in a way that works best for you, in order to prevent it from becoming an issue later on when you’ve committed to not smoking.

Avoid Triggers

Preparing to quit is one of the best ways to prevent future urges to smoke. If you light up a smoke each time you have a drink at happy hour, it may be difficult for you to avoid this once you’ve quit smoking. Everyone addresses the challenges of not smoking a cigarette while enjoying an adult beverage differently, so you’ll need to determine this based on your lifestyle practices. Talk to your TIB pharmacist for suggestions on how to handle these tricky situations. If stress is a trigger, you’ll want to find activities that allow you to relax and destress to avoid the urge to smoke. Remember to use your journal! This can be very helpful to you in finding ways to avoid the smoking triggers, and also help you formulate a plan to resist the urge to smoke if your triggers are unavoidable.  

Change Up Your Routine

Change up your routine. If you light a cigarette every time you get into your vehicle, you will want to find something else to do instead. Maybe keep a pack of gum, a pouch of sunflower seeds, or a case of toothpicks in your center console so that you can easily access something to chew on instead of smoking. If you take smoke breaks at work, try taking short walks instead.

Join A Smoking Cessation Class

There is strength in numbers when quitting smoking, as it’s always good to have help when you need it most. Having access to professional medical guidance can also make the quitting process much easier. At TIB Pharmacy, we offer outcome programs that are designed to help patients achieve their health goals so that they can live a better life. By combining knowledge, innovation, and education, and collaborating with medical doctors, our pharmacy team has developed a smoking cessation outcome program geared to helping those who want to quit smoking accomplish their goals. Contact your trusted Newark pharmacy today to learn how you can enroll in our smoking cessation program, and get on the path to successfully beat your smoking addiction.

Be sure to tune in for part two where we will continue exploring more ways to make small changes in your life so that you can achieve your huge goal to live a healthier life. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about quitting smoking, please call TIB Pharmacy and speak to our friendly staff today.