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Smoking is one of the most addicting habits to break, and it’s hard to quit even when you know you should. It can be tough because smoking is something that many people enjoy—and cigarettes are so ingrained in our culture. But there are plenty of ways out there for those who want to quit for good. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tried and true methods that have helped smokers kick the habit for years!
On 12/13/14 my father passed away unexpectedly at home. It was one of the most devastating things our family had to deal with. Losing a loved one is hard but losing one so unexpectedly at a young age is even worse. When our father’s autopsy report came back it was deemed that he died from smoking-related causes –mainly with his heart.
For years, I remember trying to get my father to quit smoking. Us kids would leave little notes around the house to encourage him to stop. In the medicine cabinet, his underwear drawer, truck–little blue sticky notes hung with messages of quitting. Sadly his attempts to stop were foiled when his own father died and set him back. My dad was a life-long smoker, and unfortunately, it contributed to his early death.
The one thing I never recall my father using to help him quit smoking was nicotine gum or lozenges. He did try the patch but reacted to it negatively with vivid dreams. I feel like if he had a better game plan, and more support he could have stopped and become a healthier individual.
Today, in honor of my father I am sharing some tips from friends that have managed to kick the smoking habit. While I do not smoke, I understand that ANY addiction starts with wanting to change inside first. If this small piece can inspire or add to anyone’s goals of becoming a non-smoker, my mission will be accomplished.
Steps to Quitting Smoking
- Get rid of all your cigarettes and lighters.
- Throw away or give away anything that reminds you of smoking, including ashtrays, matches, and cigarette packets.
- Make a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Remember, you have to want to quit–you cannot quit for others because that will never work!
- Set a date for when you will stop smoking. You do not have to wait for the new year!
- Write down the benefits of quitting smoking on a piece of paper that can be seen every day. Stick it to your fridge, desk, in drawers, etc.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day to help with cravings and have smoking cessation products on-hand like lozenges and nicotine gum.
Walgreens Can Help with Quitting Smoking
Did you know that the Walgreens team can help you build a personalized plan to quit on your terms? They have pharmacists on hand that can help to support your efforts. Walgreens also has an abundance of smoking cessation products that can deliver controlled, therapeutic doses of nicotine to help with difficult, physical withdrawal symptoms & craving relief you may experience.
Walgreens Nicotine Gum
Did you know that pharmacist recommended Walgreens Nicotine Gum has the same active ingredients as the brand names but for much less? Each piece of gum lasts about 30 minutes, and you can chew up to 20 pieces per day. Walgreens Nicotine Gum is good if you have an oral fixation and need to keep your mouth busy. Plus, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed backing! Find their gum options below to see what might be right for you!
- Walgreens Nicotine Gum, 2mg & 4mg Original
- Walgreens Nicotine Gum, 2mg & 4mg Cinnamon
- Walgreens Nicotine Gum, 2mg & 4mg Mint
- Walgreens Nicotine Gum, 4mg Fruit
Walgreens Nicotine Lozenges
Similar to Walgreens Nicotine Gum, Walgreens Lozenges also comes in 2mg and 4mg strengths with a variety of flavors. This product is a good choice if you want to avoid gum due to TMJ problems and also is baked by Walgreens pharmacists and a 100% money-back guarantee.
FSA or HSA Accounts Coverage
Did you know you can use your FSA or HSA account to pay for smoking cessation products? Thanks to the CARES Act of March 2020, you can! Sadly, due to a lack of awareness, many Americans are forfeiting millions of dollars a year in health savings funds because they had no idea smoking cessation products are covered.
Walgreens BOGO 50% Smoking Cessation Products
Right now, there is no better time to quit smoking! Walgreens currently has Nicotine Gum and Lozenges on sale for BOGO 50% off. That means you can save towards your journey of a better YOU for less! Be sure to head in-store or shop online to save BIG! Select products include patches, nicotine gum, and lozenges of various strengths.
Quit Smoking Gift Basket
Maybe you stumbled upon this blog post with hopes to help someone else quit! I am right there with you and really want to help a friend! I put together this inspiring “You Got This” gift basket with some Walgreen’s brand snacks and such to help encourage them to kick their butts–haha. Items like snacks, drinks, and some HBC care can help them to feel more con
Remember, your journey to quitting starts with you! You have to want to feel better, smell better, tastes better, and hopefully live all-around better! Good luck everyone!