Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
Keeping that Resolution to Quit
Are you struggling with a resolution to quit smoking in 1998? If you
have decided to quit, you are off to a good start. Here are some tips
that may help you succeed.
- List the reasons why you want to quit. Say them out loud in front
of the mirror when you are feeling tempted to give in.
- When you have the urge to smoke, remember the 4 D's.
Do Something Else -change your routine, take a short walk, wipe down
the cupboards, stand up and stretch
Deep Breathing - inhale slowly through your nose, count silently to
eight, exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat as needed
Drink Water and Fruit Juices - avoid beverages with alcohol or
Delay - wait 5 - 10 minutes, the urge will pass
- Decide which cigarettes are the hardest to give up. Make a plan
for what you will do instead of smoking. For example:
Wake-up Cigarette - brush your teeth, have a glass of juice, change
Coffee Cigarette - switch to decaf temporarily, drink juice or warm
water with lemon
Cocktail Cigarette - avoid cocktails until your resistance is
stronger, switch to juice or diet soda, don't
take cigarettes with you, don't
After Meal Cigarette - wash dishes by hand, go for a walk, tidy up
your home or office, deep breathing exercises, visit with someone who
Just one cigarette can start you smoking again. If temptation wins
this time, set another quit date quickly and as many times as it takes
to quit for good. For more support in quitting, contact the Genesee
County Health Department at (810) 257-3612.