Quitting smoking is like a journey … and like most journeys it helps to be prepared. The more you know about what you’ll be experiencing, the more ready you’ll be to face—and triumph over—the challenges.
Because everyone is different, everyone’s Quit Journey will also be different. Still, there are some stages or steps that are shared by just about everyone. We’ve listed these 5 steps below, with information and guidelines to help you get through each one. Just click on a title and you’ll find articles, strategies for support, and tools to help with motivation.
The 5 steps in the Quit Journey
To start on your Quit Journey, first try the simple quiz below to find out where you are on the path, then click on the title of the appropriate stage of the Quit Journey. When you’re ready, you can move on to the next stage.
Even if you are not interested in quitting right now, the Smokers’ Helpline is still available to answer any questions you may have. When you call (or connect with) the Smokers’ Helpline there is no pressure to quit and you are not obligated to sign up for any of our services. We are here to support you in every step of your quit journey.
- Savings calculator (see how much money you’ll be saving).
- Health benefits of quitting.
- Non-health benefits of quitting.
- Small steps towards quitting.
How the Smokers’ Helpline can support you at this stage: The Smokers’ Helpline offers a variety of tools, tips and support (including motivation and encouragement) to help you along the way. To find out more about the ways the Helpline can help you achieve success, call: 1-800-363-5864
- Getting ready to quit, which includes setting a Quit Day and making a plan.
- Making a personal support plan.
- Know your smoking triggers.
- Nicotine replacement therapies.
- Quit smoking medication.
How the Smokers’ Helpline can support you at this stage: At this stage, you may feel like no one understands what you are going through. This is when connecting with a Smokers’ Helpline counsellor can really help. Helpline counsellors are very understanding and knowledgeable about nicotine withdrawal and can offer tips on how to manage cravings. Best of all, they don’t judge. Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-363-5864
- On your quit day.
- 3 essential steps to staying on track.
- How to deal with cravings.
- Tips to conquer withdrawal symptoms.
- Alternatives to smoking.
- Celebrate your success.
How the Smokers’ Helpline can support you at this stage: Withdrawal symptoms are likely to be most intense during the first two weeks after quitting. During this critical time a Smokers’ Helpline counsellor can help you stay on track. Call: 1-800-363-5864
Did you know the Smokers’ Helpline can support you even after you’ve quit! You can call us for encouragement, tips, and any other additional support you need. Or call us to tell us about your quit journey and how you managed to overcome tobacco addiction! We love hearing about success stories. Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-363-5864
Please keep in mind that it’s not necessary to go through the Quit Journey in a straight line. It’s okay if you move back to an earlier step, or revisit a stage if you need to. As with all accomplishments there might be a few bumps along the way. Don’t let these stop you; the important thing is to just keep going. This is one journey you definitely want to take.
Also, remember that you can call the Smokers’ Helpline at any time if you have a question or need some support. That’s what we’re here for. 1-800-363-5864