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Quitting Smoking in the New Year
Jonathan Foulds, PhD posted:
New year is a peak time for quitting smoking. Around now many are planning on quitting in the New Year but aren't so sure about quitting right at midnight on December 31st (as they may be partying at that moment). When January 1st and 2nd come around and they are still smoking, many feel that they have missed the moment and give up on the idea for another year. To me, that is a great pity, so here is how I suggest you approach New Year quitting.
First of all, I recommend that you have a plan with a specific date on which you will stop smoking completely. And of course midnight on December 31st is a perfectly good time to quit. However, it is also reasonable to have a plan to START THE PROCESS on the first of January, but accept that it may take a little time to really crack it. So it is reasonable for each person to choose their own "line in the sand" and figure out their own best way to get there. Some people find the New Year period too busy with family things going on to focus on quitting completely that day. Some prefer to cut down gradually. And some who had planned to use a stop smoking medicine like varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Welbutrin) are just realizing that these medicines require a prescription and should be taken for seven days prior to the quit day. So there may be reasons to take a little more time to get your plan sorted out and quit. But I think it is important to start the process on New Year's day if you havn't already started. Decide when your target quit day is going to be, decide what medicines, if any, you are going to use and do a bit of research on them. But have a clear day that you are definitely going to quit by, and don't make it too far in the distance. For example?.Monday January 24th is plenty of time to get over the holiday rush, get any medicines you may want to use, and start cutting down towards that quit date if you want to do it that way. Anything much later than that is just putting it off, and sooner would be better. But the key is to think of stopping smoking as a process, and something you are going to stick at until it really sticks. If you go into it with that attitude you will likely still be smoke-free by the time December 2011 comes round.
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