Tips to Stop Smoking with Hepatitis C
If you think that my tips to stop smoking with hepatitis C are going to make it easier for you – well keep reading. I’m the one who won the world championship for quitting! All that means is that I probably quit more times than anyone on the planet. You know what? Every time I quit, I learned something new. All of that stuff added up over the years. I’m through forever now.
Tips for quitting
First off, this is a judgment-free zone. People who judge smokers have never been there. Shaming never helped anyone. If we could quit easily, we would have. It just takes practice for some of us. Lots of practice.
Nicotine replacement therapy
Honestly, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was awesome for me. In the 70’s, I wore my jaws out with the gum. I kept little pieces of it in every pocket, and quit for several years. Knowing nicotine was in my bloodstream calmed me down physically.
Quitting was so easy, that I would pick up a cigarette at stressful times, or in social situations. Then I would get hooked again. The patches gave better delivery. It was like a magic genie spot hidden under my shirt. When I wanted a cigarette, I rubbed my patch. NRT is now available with inhalers, e-cigs, and lozenges.
Side effects of NRT
Nicotine is not as dangerous as smoking. NRT can increase heart rate, dizziness, blood glucose changes, heartburn, insomnia, crazy dreams, and other issues.
Karen’s work-arounds for side effects
- I took the patch off or spit out my gum an hour before bedtime.
- I carried antacid chewables to keep my stomach acid down.
- I ate a very healthy diet and snacked on raw veggies.
- I carried fruit or other low calorie sugary snacks.
- I exercised daily.
- I prayed and meditated.
- I had lists of replacement habits.
Good replacement habits to quit smoking
Everyone will have their own list. I actually made a big poster board and wrote down 100 Things To Do Instead of Smoke.
Do this instead of smoking
- Brush my teeth
- Drink a glass of water slowly
- Go for a walk
- Write down how I’m feeling
- Phone a friend
- Bend over and touch my toes
- Take 10 long, slow, deep breaths
- Draw a Picture
- Cut up celery
- Kiss my husband
And the list goes on and on. Realize that you are fighting a craving. Your brain is looking for a chemical from burning rolled up paper and tobacco. You have to listen to your brain’s wants, and try to divert the attention to another “habit” to fulfill your desire.
It is possible to quit smoking. I’ve done it many times and was eventually successful. Even being aware, and cutting back is a sign that you are determined to beat the habit. Congratulate yourself for even thinking about it. You’ll get there. I hope my tips to stop smoking with hepatitis C is helpful. If you have questions, let me know. I’m glad to be free of them and would love to help.