Most tobacco cessation programs recommend the following steps to help you quit and ease the unpleasantness of nicotine withdrawal.
Home Remedies for Nicotine Withdrawal
- Analyze your habit for a few weeks. Keep a log of when, where, and why you use tobacco.
- List the reasons you want to quit.
- Set a “quit” date and stick to it.
- Find substitutes — sugarless gum to chew or a pen or pencil to hold — and change your routines to avoid triggering a desire for tobacco.
- Reward your resolve. Treat yourself with the money you would have spent on tobacco.
- Enjoy food and eat as much low-calorie food as you want during withdrawal.
- Never let a relapse deter you from continuing efforts to quit. Smokers who become former smokers try an average of six times before they quit for good.
- Don’t buy cigarettes!
How Can I Prevent Nicotine Withdrawal?
If you’re ready to stop smoking, talk to your health care professional about safe ways to quit while controlling your nicotine cravings.
Educate your children about the dangers of smoking so they won’t start in the first place. Most tobacco users start in their teens because of peer pressure, a need to rebel, or a desire to appear more mature.
Children of tobacco users are more likely to be users because they view tobacco use as acceptable. If you use tobacco and you’re serious about preventing your children from doing so, provide the best example by quitting.