Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient
QUITTING TAKES HARD WORK AND A LOT OF
BUT— A PERSONALIZED
QUIT PLAN CAN HELP
- Nicotine is a powerful addiction.
- Quitting is hard, but don’t give
- Many people try 2 or 3 times before they quit for
- Each time you try to quit, the more likely you
will be to succeed.
REASONS FOR QUITTING:
- You will live longer and live
- The people you live with, especially your
children, will be healthier.
- You will have more energy and breathe
- You will lower your risk of heart attack, stroke,
TIPS TO HELP
- Get rid of ALL cigarettes and ashtrays in your
home, car, or workplace.
- Ask your family, friends, and coworkers for
- Stay in nonsmoking areas.
- Breathe in deeply when you feel the urge to
- Keep yourself busy.
- Reward yourself
QUIT AND SAVE
At about $6.00 per
pack, if you smoke 1 pack per day, you will save $2,200 each year and $22,000 in
10 years. What else could you do with this
You Can Quit
Quitting smoking is
hard. Be prepared for challenges, especially in the first few
- Followup plan:
- Other information:
KEYS FOR QUITTING
1. GET READY.
- Set a quit date and stick to it—not even a
- Think about past quit attempts. What worked and
what did not?
SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
- Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are
- Talk to your doctor or other health care
- Get group, individual, or telephone
3. LEARN NEW
SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS.
- When you first try to quit, change your
- Reduce stress.
- Distract yourself from urges to
- Plan something enjoyable to do every
- Drink a lot of water and other
4. GET MEDICATION
AND USE IT CORRECTLY.
Talk with your
doctor about which medication will work best for you:
- Bupropion SR (Zyban)—available by
- Nicotine gum (Nicorettes)—available by
- Nictone patch (Nicoderm,
PREPARED FOR RELAPSE OR DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Be careful around other smokers.
- Improve your mood in ways other than
- Eat a healthy diet and stay
1. YOUR QUIT
2. WHO CAN HELP
3. SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS YOU CAN
4. YOUR MEDICATION
HOW WILL YOU PREPARE?