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Planning To Quit Part 3: Set A Quit Date

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

It’s best to set a specific date when you will stop smoking altogether. It sometimes helps to pick a date that has some special significance — your birthday, your child’s birthday, a holiday, etc. Take your time! Take a week, two weeks or a month to prepare if you think you need it. Just make sure that you set a specific date and stick to it.

There are things you can do to prepare yourself as your quit date approaches. We’ve included some suggestions below, but feel free to add to the list.

  • Start to break routines that you have associated with smoking — drink tea instead of coffee, change the order of your morning routine, drive to work a different way
  • Clean your home, remove or throw out anything that you use for smoking — ashtrays, lighters, matches, etc.
  • Have your car cleaned and deodorized so the smell doesn’t make you want a cigarette
  • Start smoking with the opposite hand than you’re used to
  • Limit your smoking to places that are not comfortable or familiar

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