No matter where you live, you can get help to quit smoking by calling a “quit line.” Some smokers, especially those who live in remote areas where they may not have easy access to in-person support, may benefit from these quit lines or from joining an online group for ex-smokers or those looking to quit.
Asking a trusted friend or family member is another way to get support when quitting smoking. An individual who knows you’re trying to quit can help to keep you accountable. They can also provide a listening ear when you feel discouraged or tempted to have a smoke.
Sometimes people turn to smoking as a way of dealing with stressors in their daily life. If you plan to remove what’s essentially a crutch, you have to be prepared to walk on your own two feet.
A therapist, mentor, pastor or another person in your life who is trustworthy can provide some assistance with navigating this aspect of your transformation. Give yourself the best foundation for success by identifying problems that you may need help with early.
Some methods, such as the inhaler and nasal spray, are available with a prescription. If you use nicotine gum, a patch or lozenges, you can get them over the counter.
The NicoDerm patch is a popular choice. Like other patches, it is placed directly on your skin and slowly releases a little nicotine every day. This prevents you from going through severe withdrawal symptoms.
Like other forms of NRT, patches are most effective when combined with behavior that supports not smoking. This means you’ll call a quit line for support, use apps that help and avoid triggers.