Quitting Tips

  • The only way you can lose is if you don't try.
  • Quit for yourself. Even though quitting will be great for your loved ones, it is you who will benefit the most.
  • Look up the word "nicotine" in a dictionary. Memorize the definition. Better yet write it out and put it on your desk, refrigerator, mirror, or dashboard.
  • Understand how serious nicotine addiction is. Treat quitting with the respect it deserves.
  • Be willing to try anything and go to any lengths to kick the habit
  • Don't look at quitting as if you are giving up something. Instead, you are doing away with something that is negative and harmful.
  • Look at quitting as a gift to yourself. You are giving yourself the gift of a healthier body, a better quality of life, and higher self esteem.
  • Do it one day at a time. Do it one hour at a time. Think about it in small time frames: I won't smoke a morning cigarette, I won't smoke on the way to work, I won't smoke between now and lunch, etc. Don't even think about quitting forever!
  • You are your own worst enemy. Your mind will play tricks on you! Your brain will tell you that you need a cigarette, that you can't quit, that you can just smoke one and start over later, that you will never be happy without cigarettes. Be prepared and don't let nicotine make your choices for you.
  • Don't allow yourself to make excuses. There will never be a stress free time to quit. Once you quit you will actually have less stress. Other things will become easier to handle, you will have more energy, a positive self image, and you will have more money to spend on the things you enjoy.
  • Maintain a positive outlook. You are not irritable and tense because you aren't smoking. You are irritable and tense because you smoked in the first place. Once you overcome the addiction you will no longer feel the withdrawal symptoms.