Smoking remains one of the most dangerous habits in our society today. There are over 200 toxic substances in tobacco smoke that can lead to diseases such as stroke, heart disease, cancer, emphysema and COPD. Yet, people continue to smoke every day despite the huge risks. Why is this? Smoking is extremely addictive and is one of the most difficult addictions to quit. Not only is it typically hard to handle quitting emotionally and physically, cigarette alternatives are also expensive. Perhaps more people would quit if it wasn’t so tough and financially prohibitive.
Here are 4 ways you’ve probably never considered to help you in your journey to quit smoking.
1. Check on your company’s wellness benefits.
Most wellness benefit programs will include some kind of benefit to help employees to quit smoking. For example, some may offer to compensate you financially if you successfully avoid smoking over a period of time. If your company does not offer this kind of benefit, you should consider asking if they would look into launching it.
2. Look into your health insurance policy.
Health insurance companies like non smokers, and they will reward you for quitting. Look into their tobacco quitting programs. Many of them will offer incentives such as counseling programs for smokers, or free nicotine gum. This will help you save money.
3. Get professional support.
It is helpful to have support from family and friends. However, sometimes it is helpful to have a professional who knows strategies and specific techniques to help you when you’re at your low points. Every state has a “quitline” that you can call for help. Write this number now and store it in your contacts: 1800-QUIT-NOW. The National Cancer Institute also has a line: 1-877-44U-QUIT.
If you have a smart phone, there are also some apps that offer support. Check out QuitBit, QuitCharge and Quitter’s Circle. These use several ways to help you quit smoking, like helping you set up a plan, tracking your progress, and using other games and tools to distract you from your cravings.
4. Look into cheaper alternatives
Smoking alternatives can be more expensive than a cigarette habit. Chantix, one of the most popular prescriptions for quitting, is around $300 a month, which is more than buying one pack of cigarettes per day. Nicotine gums and patches are also very pricey. However, if you look around, you can find generic brands that are cheaper. Additionally, brand-name product manufacturers often offer deals and coupons from their websites.
Hopefully these tips will help you in your decision to quit smoking for good. It may be difficult in the short term, but you will never regret quitting.