How to Quit Smoking for a Teen: Quick Tips to Stop

Dear Romeo:

My name is Luke and I am an 18 year old dude who loves your insight into male life. I want to quit smoking and I trust your advice. What can I do?

Teenager asks how to quit smoking

Listen, Luke, have you noticed that fewer teens are smoking cigarettes these days? I recently read a study that said high school smoking has decreased by nine percent during the last 10 years. However, nearly one in four seniors have puffed a butt in the last 30 days. You know smoking is a bad habit, and you should be commended for wanting to change your life in a positive way.

The first step is to get “psyched” about kicking the habit. You know smoking is bad but surf the net and look for anti-smoking websites and learn exactly why you should stop — think lung cancer, mouth disease and other ugly side effects. Also, think of all the money you will save when you toss that last pack of cigarettes.

Next think about when you smoke. Avoid these situations or have a plan for when they occur such as chewing gum or sucking on a strong mint.

Third, enlist support from your friends. Make sure they know that you’re quitting and encourage you to do so. You could also see a school counselor and request that she start a quit-smoking support group. Nobody can stop without help.

Finally, “just do it.” Quit making excuses and crush that last pack.

Understand that it won’t be easy to quit. After all, you’re an addict; your body is used to tar and nicotine and even craves it at certain times of the day. Don’t give into the cravings and in a few short days, your desire to smoke will be reduced.

Keep me updated and let me know if you lose track of your journey to quitting the damn tobacco.

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