Whether you started smoking in college or you're a life-long pack-a-day person, quitting the habit can be really tough.
It's going to be a process, but once you have the right game plan and will power, you can kick the habit for good.
Many people are fond of the START method, so hopefully by following this plan, you'll have a cigarette-free 2017.
S – Set a quit date
First, choose a quit date. Try pick a date within the next two weeks so you can prepare yourself enough, yet, you won't lose your motivation.
If you normally smoke a lot when in work, try pick a weekend to quit so you have a day or two to get used to it.
T – Tell your friends, family and co-workers
By telling people that are close to you, you will be able to get their encouragement and support, as well as give yourself a little bit of motivation.
And if possible, try find a quit buddy so you can go through the motions together.
A – Anticipate the challenges
On average, people who begin to smoke again do so within the first three months of quitting.
Prepare for the challenges, prepare for the drawbacks and prepare for the cravings. So many cravings.
R – Remove cigarettes, tobacco and all other products
Remove them from your home, work, and your car. If your sitting in rush hour traffic and find a cigarette in the glove box, it'll be a mighty temptation.
And freshen everything up too; wash your clothes, clean your curtains, steam your furniture.
T – Talk to your doctor
Your doctor will be able to prescribe medication to help with any withdrawals you might have.
If you're not able to get to your doctor, a simple chat with your local pharmacist on whether you should take any nicotine gum or lozenges will help massively.