It is common for people trying to quit for the first time to find themselves facing a brick wall. The desire to give up smoking is defeated by one or more fears. Here are five of the most common issues and how to beat them.
I'm worried about withdrawal symptoms after I stop smoking
There’s no doubt you need willpower to quit smoking and to stay off cigarettes. But as we’ve learned, nicotine addiction is so strong that most people struggle if they try to quit using willpower alone. But what if there were a way to reduce the temptation and withdrawal symptoms so that you could focus your willpower on breaking your habits? Then you might have a better chance to beat the addiction.
That’s exactly what NicoDerm® CQ® is designed to do. The patches substitute another source of nicotine for your cigarettes. When used correctly they provide enough nicotine to safely help relieve the temptation and withdrawal symptoms that can derail even the most determined quitter. Using NicoDerm CQ helps you to focus on breaking your habits. Then you can ease off the nicotine.
I'm worried about finding myself in a situation where I'll be tempted to smoke again
When you try to quit, you’ll meet barriers that you must overcome. One of these is being tempted to smoke in situations where you are used to having a cigarette. You’ll also find that there is support you can use to beat these barriers—if you remember to use a plan. A good quitting plan is designed to help you figure out how to get past the barriers before you meet them. And to remind you to use the support you have at hand when you need it most. Fortunately, you don’t have to make up a quitting plan from scratch. You’ll be provided with one as part of your NicoDerm CQ membership.
NicoDerm CQ gives you tips and other information you need to be successful and will provide ongoing support for you as make your way through your quit attempt
I'm concerned about how NicoDerm CQ will affect me
Using NicoDerm CQ to quit smoking is far safer than continuing to smoke. There is no clinical evidence to suggest that the use of NicoDerm CQ causes cancer. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that they are safe and effective for helping smokers quit when used as directed and thereby reduce the risk of tobacco-related cancers. So if nicotine is addictive, what happens when you use NicoDerm CQ? You’re still getting nicotine. Isn’t it still addictive? Well, picture what happens when you smoke a cigarette. The nicotine goes from the cigarette into your lungs and straight to your brain within seconds. It’s a powerful dose with a powerful effect, as every smoker knows.
Now compare that with what happens when you use NicoDerm CQ. The patches deliver nicotine safely and more gradually than cigarettes: enough to reduce temptation and help ease withdrawal symptoms.
Of course, quitting is never going to be easy, but quitting with the help of NicoDerm CQ can help make you feel better than when you try to quit cold turkey.
I don't want to gain weight after
It’s true that most people gain some weight when they quit, but smoking is far worse for your health than weighing a few pounds extra. Some people actually lose weight when they quit. They become more active and start to walk or begin to exercise. Why not do this?
You don’t have to gain weight when you quit. If you miss putting something in your mouth, use straws, toothpicks, cinnamon sticks or sugarless candy. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Avoid snacking on fatty foods all day long. Don’t diet. Attempting two major behavioral changes at the same time usually leads to failure at both. Wait at least two or three months after quitting before tackling any weight control program.
What if I can't cope with stress while I'm quitting
Understand that smoking does not relieve stress in the long term. In fact, the chemicals in cigarettes make your heart beat faster and increase your blood pressure. Non-smokers manage fine without smoking and generally report lower levels of anxiety and stress than smokers.
Step back, take a deep breath and say “I can handle this. Then deal with the problem. Work out how about how to handle stressful situations with friends or relatives before encountering these situations. Realize that every problem has a solution that does not involve smoking.
Begin an exercise program, take a formal stress management class or learn to meditate.