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Suggestions for When You Quit Smoking

Author: Activate Allen County

November 7, 2015

 Successfully quitting tobacco is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck.

Decide now on your own plan. Some options include using nicotine replacement therapy, joining a cessation class, going to Nicotine Anonymous meetings, and using self-help books and pamphlets. Visit cancer.org/smokeout for another resource, the Quit For Life® Program app. For the best chance of success, your plan should include one or more of these options. On your quit day, follow these suggestions:

  • Do not use tobacco – not even one puff or chew!
  • Stay active – try walking, exercising, or doing other activities or hobbies.
  • Drink lots of water and 100% juices.
  • Start using nicotine replacement if that’s your plan.
  • Attend a cessation class or start following a self-help plan.
  • Avoid situations where the urge to smoke or use tobacco is strong.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol.

Think about changing your routine: Use a different route to get to work. Drink tea instead of coffee. Eat breakfast in a different place or eat different foods.

To get help quitting, visit cancer.org/smokeout or call the American Cancer Society, anytime day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.