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Planning To Quit Part 2: Making A Plan

Oct 25, 2013 | Posted in Step 2: Planning To Quit?

Now that you have decided to quit smoking, it’s important to prepare for it. Review the phase “What to Expect” — you’ll need to prepare yourself for the withdrawal symptoms so there are no surprises. Being prepared is your best defense. This is very important. Anticipating problems ahead of time will give you the ammunition you need to deal with sudden cravings.

Make a list of problems and solutions (things you are going to do when you are feeling the urge to smoke). Be sure to list all of the situations where you usually smoke (e.g. driving, after a meal, talking on the phone). Then think of ways to deal with each situation without smoking. Knowing what to do ahead of time will help you get through the times when the urge to smoke is strongest.

You can also expect some physical withdrawal symptoms for a week or two after you quit. On the next page is a list of difficulties that smokers often experience and some suggestions for effective ways of dealing with them. Which ones do you think will work best for you? There’s also space for you to write in your own solutions.

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