Ready to start planning your quit?
Here are some ways you can get ready to say good-bye to cigarettes.
Make a personal commitment to yourself
Are you worried about your health? Or do you want to quit for your kids or family? Think about what will make you want to give up smoking. Write those reasons down.
Start building a support network to help you quit smoking
Tell your friends and family that you need their support. Talk about your reasons for quitting with them, too.
Make an appointment with your doctor
Talk to your doctor about wanting to quit. Ask about treatment options and support. Then decide on a quit date.
Set a quit date
Pick a date within the next 2 weeks. That's enough time to get ready, but not so long that you'll lose your will to quit. Mark your calendar. You may be more likely to go through with your quit if you see your quit day in writing.
Enroll in a support program to help you quit smoking
Look for a program that helps with your urge to smoke and helps you break your smoking routine.
Clean up your living spaces
Get rid of anything that reminds you of smoking. Don't forget to throw out lighters, ashtrays, and cigarettes the night before.
Anticipate withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms are part of quitting smoking. Start to plan what you will do when you feel a symptom. It's an important part of the quitting process.
Know your smoking triggers
Be aware of your triggers so you can understand why you get the urge to smoke.
Use my "Getting Ready" list
This list can help you prepare to quit smoking. Print out a copy and keep it handy as a daily reminder. When you've completed a task, check it off. Then congratulate yourself for taking the next step in becoming smoke-free.