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My New Year’s Resolution Is Giving Up Cigarettes. Who’s With Me?

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One man shares his plan to finally stop smoking for good. Read on if you’re ready to start your smoke-free journey too!

2019 is going to be the year I finally give up cigarettes.

Yes, I’ve tried to quit before (twice, in fact), but 2019 is going to be different because I’m going to do things the smart way; I’m going to be more like a tortoise than a hare.

In the past, I thought I could quit cold turkey. I was so tired of people telling me how dangerous smoking was for my health (It’s not like I was dumb, I knew!), that I just up and decided to throw out my pack and not buy a new one. Like I said, I did this twice, and each time I was out at the gas station buying a new pack within a week because my withdrawal symptoms pulled me back in. And I don’t think I’m alone with these failed attempts — it seems a lot of people who smoke have tried to quit more than once.

I’m also not trying to do it all on my own. After doing a little bit of research, I realized that my failed attempt at quitting cold turkey was not unusual. Nicotine replacement products like a nicotine gum, patch, or lozenge to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and the urge to pick up a cigarette, has been shown to increase the rate of quitting by 50 to 60 percent.

Those are pretty good odds, so in addition to my monthly cigarette subtraction, I decided to go out to a drugstore and grab one of these products for myself.

I quickly realized there were a few options out there. I ended up going with the NicoDerm CQ patch because it was a brand I had heard of, and I liked how the patch came in three different steps to help wean you off of nicotine in a more natural way. The fact that it has 24-hour extended release technology built-in also makes me feel good, because a controlled release of nicotine means less intense withdrawal symptoms.

This New Year’s Eve, armed with my detailed plan, my NRT, and my “tortoise mentality,” I’m motivated to finally kick my habit. Who’s with me?