Even thinking of quitting is a positive step! Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit. Writing them down helps motivate you, and it strengthens your resolve to quit. Some common reasons for quitting include:
• I will breathe easier.
• I will be healthier.
• I will save money.
• My body and clothes won’t smell like tobacco.
• I won’t have to worry about looking for places to smoke.
• My friends and family won’t be exposed to secondhand smoke.
Decide on a day you will stop smoking and make a plan to quit. Know your smoking triggers. Make a list of your smoking triggers, and then plan how to avoid them.
• I smoke after meals. Instead, I can chew gum, have coffee or leave the table.
• I smoke in the car. Instead, I can ride the bus, carpool, or sing with the radio.
• I smoke when stressed. Instead I can take deep breaths and learn relaxation techniques.