Now that you’ve decided to quit, it’s time to get ready. While there’s no one right way to quit, there are definitely things you can do to help you succeed.
Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. This happens when you feel you are ready to make the change. You may have been thinking about quitting for a while or have just recently decided to quit it doesn’t matter … what’s important now is that you make preparations so that you can reach your goal. Here are some tips that may help you:
Setting a Quit Day is an important step when preparing to quit smoking. Without a Quit Day, you might never arrive at your goal, or you might lose your excitement about reaching this important milestone.When picking a date, you’ll want to pick a day that will give you enough time to prepare, but won’t be so far away that you might change your mind. Based on our experience with Helpline clients, a day within the next 30 days tends to be the best.
Have a look at your calendar and consider what day would work best as a Quit Day. Would it be easiest to quit on a weekday or a weekend? Is there a significant day coming up in the next month such as a holiday or a birthday that would make a particularly memorable Quit Day?
Remember, if you are planning to use a medication like bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Champix), you will need to start taking the drug approximately 2 weeks before your Quit Day. Make sure to call your doctor and make an appointment to see him so that you can get your prescription in time to meet your goal.
When you’ve chosen your Quit Day, circle it on your calendar and make a pledge to stick to it.
Now that you’ve set your Quit Day, you can start your quit preparations:
Remember, you can call The Smoker’s Helpline anytime. Our counsellors can help you with your personal quit plan and offer guidance and information as well point you to local support groups and communities. 1-800-363-5864