5 Ways How Women Can Successfully Quit Smoking

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking, women health

Dr. Howell

Stress and weight management are two of the most common reasons why it is difficult for women to quit smoking. To some women, smoking helps them control their weight. Also women who are stressed are more likely to experience a relapse. Statistics suggests that most female smokers light cigarettes to manage stress.  This is the reason why it is not very surprising for women to return to smoking when confronted by stress and anxiety.

The conventional approach for families, friends, and professionals was to give emphasis to the negative effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting. However, this approach was not very effective to help women quit smoking. Experts suggest Young-woman-meditating-with-op-44738473that the better way to help women quit is to understand their fears of quitting and to address each of these fears.

But it is never impossible for women to quit smoking. Below are some ways that can help you quit smoking for good.

Accept weight gain when you quit. The truth is, your weight won’t change drastically as you fear it. Giving yourself a little room for weight gain will make it easier for you to give up smoking. You should try to condition yourself to think of the extra pound you’ll gain after you have quit smoking. Anyway, your ultimate goal is not just quitting smoking – living a healthy life.

Find a better way to manage stress. For some women, smoking is a way to help them get through the difficult times – a quarrel with their husband, a hard day at the office, or an ailing parent. Finding a better way to deal with stress without smoking is your key to success. Taking a vacation or out of town breaks can help keep your stress on check.

Avoid your triggers. Smoking is a habit. It is a routine that comes with your daily activities. You

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The conventional approach for families, friends, and professionals was to give emphasis to the negative effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting. However, this approach was not very effective to help women quit smoking. Experts suggest that the better way to help women quit is to understand their fears of quitting and to address each of these fears.


smoke right after you wake up in the morning, or before you drink your coffee, or read the morning papers. If you want to really quit, you need to avoid these triggers and everything that reminds you of smoking. You want to avoid your smoking cues.

Ask help. Seeking your family’s or friends’ support will make it easier for you to give up smoking. At least ask them for a little consideration. For instance, you can ask your friends not to smoke in your presence, or ask your spouse or kids not to give you a hard time at home. Quit smoking groups are also available. They can provide counseling and activities to make it easier for you to quit.

Use quit smoking drugs. Nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation drugs give you a better chance of quitting. However, sometimes NRTs are not that very effective for women. Their biological composition makes it harder for NRTs to work. You can discuss with your doctor about your condition to help you find the best smoking cessation product.

Quitting is hard. But a better understanding about yourself and why you smoke, plus knowing your options makes it a little easier for you to give up the habit of smoking. Find time to know yourself, to accept the consequences, and find a better way to deal with it.


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