Planning to quit
Smokers who plan for their quit attempt are more successful than those who don’t, and planning can be done quickly.
There are four stages of getting ready:
- Set your quit date – Setting a date is the best way to get the ball rolling. It also gives you time to prepare.
- Work out your reason – Why quit? Jot down some key reasons. It can make the difference when times get tough.
- Work out why you smoke – Why do you pick up a cigarette? Is it stress? Or just pure habit? It helps to know why you smoke so you can find strategies to match.
- Work out your method – Once you’ve worked out your reasons for quitting, the next step is to choose a method. It’s the best way to make sure you have the tools and resources you need to quit for good. Find a tailored method that works for you.
People who have successfully quit have often tried methods that include guidance from an advisor (like Quitline), quitting methods like nicotine replacement products or quitting medication, and practice a range of tactics for overcoming common smoking triggers. Every time you try a quit attempt you learn something new.
If you’re ready to make a plan you can jump straight in at: Make a plan