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Quit Guide: Thinking About Quitting

Think about why you want to quit

  • Decide for sure that you want to quit. Promise yourself that you'll do it. It's okay to have mixed feelings. Don't let that stop you. There will be times every day that you don't feel like quitting. Stick with it anyway!
  • Find reasons to quit that are important to you. Think of more than just health reasons. For example, think of:
    • How much money you'll save by not buying cigarettes
    • The time you'll have for yourself instead of taking cigarette breaks, rushing out to buy a pack, or searching for a light
    • Not being short of breath or coughing as much
    • Setting a better example for your children
  • Write down all the reasons why you want to quit. List ways to fight the urge to smoke, too. (You will find tips for coping later in this guide.) Keep your list where you'll see it often. Good places are:
    • Where you keep your cigarettes
    • In your wallet or purse
    • In the kitchen
    • In your car

When you reach for a cigarette you'll find your list. It will remind you why you want to stop.


Quit Guide: Preparing to Quit

Overview of the Basic Steps

Just thinking about quitting may make you anxious. But your chances will be better if you get ready first. Quitting works best when you're prepared. Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps:

S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Information courtesy of SmokeFree.gov