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Step 2: Planning To Quit?

Plan your approach and decide on the method that will work best for you. You can think of it as a map that will help plan your journey to a healthy new life as a non-smoker.

As you read through this section, you’ll learn that no two people quit smoking in exactly the same way. That means that the technique that helped your spouse or your best friend quit may not work for you. You'll begin to understand your own relationship with cigarettes, so that you can find the method that’s most helpful for you.

Step 2: Planning To Quit?  

  • How Hard Will Quitting Be?

    We’ll be honest: quitting isn’t easy. Nicotine is addictive, and smoking is a powerful habit. On the other hand, the benefits of quitting are enormous: better health, more years of life, and more money in your pocket.

  • What To Expect When You Quit

    You may notice slight dizziness or light-headedness, a cough, or a runny nose. These symptoms are the first to pass.

  • What Is Going On Inside

    You’ll probably start to feel better physically soon after you stop smoking. And with good reason — you are physically better!

  • Planning To Quit Part 1: The Best Method For You

    Some popular alternatives that have helped people stop smoking successfully: Nicotine Replacement \ Therapy (NRT) — Patches, Gum, Inhalers, Nasal Sprays, Lozenges and Chantix

  • What If I Gain Weight?

    Not everyone gains weight when they quit smoking. Those who do gain an average of seven pounds. This is because smoking artificially speeds up your metabolism, and it returns to normal after you quit. But weight gain doesn’t have to become a problem.

  • Things To Keep In Mind About Nicotine Replacement Therapy

    For nicotine replacements to work, they must be used exactly as directed. They can be dangerous if you use them and continue to smoke. Remember that nicotine is an addictive poison.

  • Is Nicotine Replacement Therapy Right For You?

    Nicotine is an addictive drug, but some people are more strongly dependent than others.

  • Going Cold Turkey

    For a lot of smokers, going cold turkey is the least costly (free) way to quit, even though in many ways it’s the hardest.

  • Planning To Quit Part 2: Making A Plan

    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.

  • Coping

    Identifying your symptoms and how you can cope.

  • Be Prepared

    Once you have decided to quit, start to think of yourself as a non-smoker. No matter which route you take to being a non-smoker, you can help yourself by anticipating some of the problems you might encounter and deciding what to do about them.

  • Planning To Quit Part 3: Set A Quit Date

    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.

  • Remember The Three R's

    During the next few days, you may find that one of the most difficult tasks is to start thinking of yourself as a non-smoker. You may find yourself thinking dangerous thoughts like “one cigarette won’t hurt,” or “I don’t have to quit right now — I’ll try again in a few weeks.”

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