male,age 60,have been smoking for 34 years.wants to quit smokink,any suggestion.
All kaismama mentioned are good ways. It is difficult to quit. You have to really really want to because it is a great deal of will power! Some people find that cold turkey is the only way (and you may slip but then you jump right back on the wagon again) some people find tapering works, ecigs can really help for some because you have to opportunity to cut back on the amount of nicotine and work your way down to no nicotine and it still gives you the "feel" of smoking that is as hard to give up as the nicotine for some people. It can help to use a program like Ashline or other smoking cessation program with phone counseling. It helps some people to be accountable to someone and have a "cheerleader". Go to the American Lung Association website. I know they have a free smoking cessation program. Another place to check is with your health insurance. Many of them offer free smoking cessation counseling and some will pay for nicotine replacements (gum, patches etc) Stopping smoking is singularly one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself! I quit many years ago from a pack a day habit-I started very young. The hardest time is the first month. The cravings are intense but they last about 15 minutes or so and if you can distract yourself, you can get through them and one day you will discover that other peoples smoke stinks (instead of smelling good and making you want to have one of your own) and getting past the cravings is easier and they dont come as often. The hardest times for me was if I had an alcoholic beverage and evening time. I was more of an evening smoker to relax and wind down in the evenings and I smoked socially when I went out. Some people have the hardest time with their morning cup of coffee. Once you get past the nicotine cravings, you work with the "habit" of when you liked to smoke. It helps to avoid or change those situations if you can. Get lots of chewing gum to keep your mouth busy and to give you "flavor" What works best is different for all people because everyone's habit is just a bit different but no way is truly easy. It takes dedication and hard work! Best of luck to you! You CAN do this!
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