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Preparing for the Day You Quit Smoking

So, you’ve decided to stop smoking and have chosen the date on which you’re going to quit.

Whether you have a day, a week or a month before your quitting day arrives, it makes sense to be well prepared so that those first hours and days of being a non-smoker run as smoothly as possible.

This post explores some of the things that you can do beforehand to ensure that “Quit Day” is as easy as possible.

Get In The Right Frame of Mind

With “Quit Day” looming, it is easy to begin to feel uneasy or even scared about how you are going to cope – after all, tobacco has probably been a big part of your life for a long time.

The trick is to forget all the doom and gloom and concentrate on the good things that will come from you being a non-smoker. You’ve made a conscious decision to stop smoking and you’ve chosen to do it for a reason (or multiple reasons). Whether your motivation is to save money, improve your health, stop smelling like an ashtray or one of the myriad of other benefits that are the result of quitting smoking, this is what you should focus your mind on.

The small discomfort caused by the withdrawal of nicotine from your body and the tiny adjustments to your daily schedule are a small price to pay for the benefits of being a non-smoker. And the withdrawal pangs only last for a few minutes in the early days and as time goes on, you won’t feel them at all!

There’s a lot more things to feel happy and excited about “Quit Day” than there is to be sad or anxious about.

Know Why You’re Quitting

We touched upon some of the reasons for quitting smoking in the previous section and many people find it useful to write down a list of these reasons before they start.

The reasons for quitting tobacco vary from individual to individual, so it is important to make a list that is personal to YOU. Getting rid of nicotine-stained fingers may be the main reason one person wants to quit, whilst another may not care about their yellow fingers but want to start having more money to spend on other things.

Take a small piece of paper that will fit in your wallet or purse (the back of a business card works well) and write down your own individual reasons for quitting. Look at your reasons as often as you can and imagine the benefits that will be derived from them. For example, if you’ve quit to save money, think of the holiday that you’ll be able to afford with the extra cash or if you’ve quit to make your kids happy, imagine their smiling faces proudly looking at you.

Decide How You’re Going to Quit

Don’t leave it until the last minute to decide which methods you are going to use to help you to quit. Choose whether to use your willpower, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), prescription medication from your doctor or a less common method such as hypnosis or acupuncture.

If you decide to use NRT to get yourself out of the habit of smoking before tackling the nicotine addiction, you’ll also need to choose a method of getting nicotine into your bloodstream. This could be patches, e-cigarettes, gum, tablets, an inhalator or a nasal spray.

Get Enough Treatment To Last

If you do decide to use treatment, make sure that you get enough supplies to last at least two weeks or (preferably) three months – you don’t want to run out of nicotine gum when you’re in the middle of quitting!

Similarly, if you’re getting help from a professional (such as a hypnotist or a acupuncturist) to stop smoking, be sure to schedule regular appointments with them beforehand – you don’t want to find out that their fully booked part-way through the quitting process.

 

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  1. Louise says:

    HI TO EVERYONE ME I SMOKE FOR 40 YEARS ONE DAY I HAVE TO TAKE MY DECISION I QUIT THE 31 JANUARY 2012 I HAD A PNEUMONIA IN MAY 2011 I HAD BREAST CANCER I WAS OPERATED AND I TAKE 16 TREATEMENTS OF RADIOTHERAPIE I WAS VERY SCARE TODAY IM A SURVIVOR I WAS VERY LUCKY WOMEN AFTER MY TREATEMENTS I DECIDE I WAS SMOKING TO MUCH AND I JAVE TO CUT DOWN IN SEPTEMBER I WAS SMOKING 10 CIGARETTE BY THE DAY I CUT AT 8 BY THE DAY IN NOVEMBER 2011 I WAS DOWN AT 5 CIGARETTES BU THE DAY IN JANUARY 2012 I START TO COUGH AND COUGH I WAKE UP ON THE 30 JANUARY 2012 I WAS FEELING SICK I TRY TO SMOKE BUT I WAS COUGHING TO MUCH I DECIDE TO GO TO THE CLINIC I SAW A DR AND HE SAID I HAD A BRONCHOLIST HE GAVE ME A PRESCRISTION AND A PAPER FOR A XTRAY FOR MY LUNGS I CAME BACK HOME I START THE PILLS I TAKE MY HASTRY AND MY PACK OF CIGARETTES AND I PUT THEM IN MY SMALL REGRIGIRATOR I KNEW I HAVE TO TAKE A DECISION THE DAY PASS I DIDN’T SMOKE I WENT TO BED AT NIGHT THE 31 JANUARY
    2012 I WAKE UP AND MY DECISION WAS THERE I STOP SMOKING I HAVE TO LOOK AFTER MY HEALTH AND IT NOT FOR ONE WEEK OR ONE MONTH BUT IT FOR EVER
    TODAY IT 4 1/2 MONTH I DIDN’T SMOKE IM VERY PROUD OF ME NOW I COULD SAID I DID IT AND IM PROUD OF ME I WASH ALL MY APPARTEMENT THE WALLS I PAINT ALL MY WALLS AND I PUT NEW TILES BECAUSE IT WAS SMELLING CIGARETTES MY APARTEMENT TURN IN NONSMOKER I PUT MY RULES SMOKING IT ON THE BALCONY FOR THE SMOKER SOMETIME I THING I COULD LIVE WITHOUT CIGARETTES BUT I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT MY LUNGS I WAS REALLY DECIDE WHEN I TAKE MY DECISION TODAY IM PROUD TO BE A NONSMOKER LOUISE

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    • Dan says:

      Hey Louise. Well done for quitting smoking and thank you for sharing your story. You’ve done remarkably well – keep it up :)

      Dan

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      • Lille says:

        If you’re able to quit for 3 4 months then that makes this a diifcfult question. Of course the physical addiction is gone in that amount of time, so it’s definitely mental.One thing I’ve recently learned is that the calming effect of cigarettes is not from a chemical reaction, but from the act of deep breathing. Is it stressful situations that trigger your relapse? If so, it may seem silly, but try 3 5 minutes of deep breathing when you feel the urge to light up.

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    • Luca says:

      Your friend is very ftnturaoe to have your support but the sad reality is you cannot stop your friend your friend has to want to stop themselves.To have already had a cancer scare and continue with the addiction is difficult to understand but nicotine is highly addictive and the smoker needs a strong desire to overcome the dependency.It may be an idea for you to extend your group of friends so that when this one dies prematurely you will have other people in your life.

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  2. Michael says:

    So the tobacco cmipanoes have been stopped from advertising cigarettes before a certain time on TV and in movies (or at least I think, I’m not fully aware of the restrictions). When you key into YouTube search the word smoking’ and you start looking at the videos, you’ll come across videos of women (mostly young girls) sat smoking in front of the camera and trying to look sexy a so-called smoking fetish? With this type of behaviour do the tobacco cmipanoes need advertising? Do they need TV?

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  3. Steve says:

    In fact. air is also a drug. and water too. Cause according to the scnietific point, we are addicted to them. ANY halucynations from cigarettes. For 20 years it’s been bringing me pleasure only. I just like it. Dare claim famous people who smoke or ever smoked drug addicts? In my opinion, it’s mass deception intended to increase sales of a lot of medicine worldwide. It’s a happy doctor, who 1st convinces anyone of no 100% healthy people, since he will get paid. Your approach is best though. thx

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