Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Intensive Nursing Intervention (More than 10 minutes)

Tips for the client:

  • Make a plan ahead of time for coping with stressful situations.
  • Pick a day for stopping that will be relatively stress-free and stick to this date.
  • Think positively – you can do it – and concentrate on the benefits of not smoking.
  • Take it one day at a time.
  • Congratulate yourself frequently.
  • Ask a friend to stop with you and support each other.
  • Remember that using NRT doubles the chances of quitting and lessens withdrawal symptoms.
  • Avoid visiting places where you usually smoke (when you first stop smoking).
  • Keep yourself busy and try to increase your level of physical activity.
  • Count or save the money you would have spent on cigarettes and treat yourself to something special.
  • Don’t try “just one” cigarette – it will take you back to the beginning.
Addiction and Mental Health
Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
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