Are you planning to quit smoking in the new year? Here are a few tips to get you started.

In the New Year, we have an opportunity to set new goals for a happier and healthier life.

With a solid plan in place, you can make 2024 the year you quit smoking for good! Whether you have been a smoker for years or just a social one, now is the right time to quit!

Benefits of quitting smoking

Whether or not you have smoked for a long time, quitting will benefit your health in the short and long run. Almost immediately, your health will improve, and your risk for cancer and other diseases will decrease. As well as saving you money, quitting will benefit your family and friends. 

Many people have difficulty quitting smoking, and it may take several tries before they find a method that works for them. Planning ahead allows you to decide what you'll do if you feel the urge to smoke again. It is normal to feel tired, irritable, and tense in the first few days after quitting smoking. Remember, however, that these symptoms will subside within one to two weeks. You can build new habits around your new smoke-free life if you have a solid quitting strategy.

Success requires planning

When you first make your resolution, it's exciting but also daunting. 

Where do you start? It all starts with a plan, just as most successful ventures do. 

The first step is to set a date. Having a specific date can help you prepare for what lies ahead. Tell your friends and family about your decision and ask for their support. Get rid of triggers, throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays. Think about how you will handle the things that trigger your urge to smoke.

Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit smoking. If you have a craving to smoke and start to waver, this will come in handy. 

Get support to help you quit.

You don't have to do it all by yourself. Seeking medical support can increase your chances of quitting successfully. It's important to make sure that whatever method you choose to kick the habit of smoking works for you.