Keep Your Promise to Yourself: Tips to help you quit smoking
With a new year comes a chance for a new beginning. This New Year, if you’ve resolved to finally give up smoking, Dr. John Lewis, Medical Director of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians, has some tips to help you keep your promise to yourself.
- Most people need help to quit smoking. Make an appointment with your primary care provider. They will educate you on smoking cessation aids, including medication. Often it is helpful to consult a behavior therapist that can help identify goals and stick to smoking cessation strategies.
- Then sit down and make a plan. Set milestones and rewards, like treating yourself to a nice dinner, a day at the movies or other smoke-free activities.
- Find a reason to quit. You might focus on your health or your family, or maybe it’s financial. Some individuals can save more than $3,000 a year when they quit smoking.
- Lean on your loved ones. Let them know you are trying to quit so when you are tempted to smoke, they can help encourage you to keep going. Sometimes it helps to find a friend who is motivated to quit with you as a method of positive peer pressure.
- Stay away from triggers. Find new activities that will keep you motivated and keep your mind off cigarettes. Knitting, playing the piano, photography or forms of exercise can be helpful to keep your hands busy.
The physicians at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians and the specialists at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital are here to help you quit smoking and decrease your risk of developing lung cancer through smoking cessation counseling and lung cancer screening. If you need a primary care provider, call Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians at 617-469-4000 (West Roxbury office) or 617-364-9880 (Hyde Park office). If you’re a long-term smoker, speak to your primary care provider about getting screened for lung cancer.