Methods of Quitting
How to Quit Smokeless Tobacco
Quitting smokeless tobacco is a lot like quitting smoking. Both require breaking a physical addiction to nicotine. And both require breaking the psychological dependence of a habit. Whether you’re quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco, the first and most important step is deciding to quit. And once you decide, tell your friends, your family, even your doctor or dentist that you’re quitting. These people will be your support system, one of your greatest assets toward your goal of living tobacco-free.
Quitting your habit won’t be easy, but you can do it. Below are ways you can get started and begin learning how:
- Congratulations, you’ve decided to quit smokeless tobacco! Soon you will be feeling better, looking better and living free of addiction. Now it’s time to prepare for quit day. Start thinking about what kind of support you’re going to need, pick a quit date, think about the five keys to quitting and fill out your preparing for quit day checklist. Learn how to prepare for quit day now.
- Think about using nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) to help you deal with the physical withdrawal of nicotine. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved any NRT products specifically for smokeless tobacco users, this approach might help you quit, or at least deal with cravings. The nicotine replacement therapy page of this Web site has information about a number of NRT products. Learn more about nicotine replacement therapies.
- Explore other methods of quitting. From tobacco-control programs that you can take part in over the telephone or online, to faith-based methods like Pennsylvania’s Love Thy Neighbor program, to alternative methods like gradual withdrawal, hypnosis and acupuncture, there are a wide range of options available. Learn more about Methods of Quitting.
- Knowing exactly what to do on quit day and during the weeks that follow will increase your chances of success. Complete the quit day checklist. Sign the contract to quit tobacco. Find advice on getting through the first week, and how to identify and cope with your triggers. Remember the reasons to stick with your plan, and know what to do if you slip. Learn more about Quit Day and Beyond.
When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.