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Tips to Quit Smoking before Hysterectomy

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Brush teeth to help you quit smokingMy doctors want me to stop smoking before my hysterectomy. What are some tips to help me stop smoking?

Since you are having a hysterectomy, now is a good time to quit smoking. You know it's not a good habit. You may have even tried quitting in the past.

Smoking can have a negative impact on all stages of surgery and recovery. Knowing it will hinder the success of their hysterectomy, many HysterSisters have used their surgery as motivation to quit smoking. You can, too.

Here, are some of their tips for how they won the battle over cigarettes. You can try them, too.

Tips to Quit Smoking

  • Just do it–cold turkey!
  • Switch to an electric cigarette
  • Chew gum
  • Snap a rubber band you wear around your wrist
  • Suck on hard candy
  • Keep fruits and veggies on hand to munch on
  • Drink more water
  • Ask your doctor about Chantix
  • Try nicotine patches
  • Walk
  • Hold and suck on a cinnamon stick
  • Brush your teeth frequently
  • List triggers and try to avoid or counteract them
  • Ask your doctor about Wellbutrin
  • Eat Red Hots
  • Distract yourself anytime you think of smoking
  • Hold a cut straw in your fingers
  • Set goals
  • Suck on lollipops
  • Visualize success
  • Try Nicorette lozenges
  • Keep your hands busy
  • Start a new hobby
  • Download "quit smoking" apps
  • Join a support group
  • Get rid of the reminders–ash trays, lighters, cigarette packages, etc.
  • Realistically consider the negative health implications, and then picture yourself with them
  • If you fall, get back up again–don’t give up over a cigarette!

You can also visit the HysterSisters Smoke Out! sub-forum where you can find support for stopping smoking. Remember, you only have to take it one day at a time, but those days will add up until you can proudly proclaim, “I am a non-smoker!”

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-30-2014 - 10:25 PM


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