Thinking about quitting smoking? Here are some of the options available to you.
- www.trytostop.org which offers the Quit Wizard - a self-directed quitting tool.
- Try WebMD...set your own goals, develop your own quit smoking plan, and learn about more quitting options.
- 1-800-TRY-TO-STOP offers support, information, referral and counseling.
Did you know...
people who are highly motivated can often quit on their own?
One thing you could do is start a five-day countdown to your quit date.
- 5 days before your quit date: Think about reasons for quitting. Tell your friends and family you are planning to quit. Stop buying cigarettes.
- 4 days before: Pay attention to when and why you smoke. Think of other things to hold in your hand instead of a cigarette. Think of habits or routines to change.
- 3 days before: Think of who to reach out to when you need help, and what you will do with the extra money when you stop buying cigarettes.
- 2 days before: Consult a doctor about a nicotine patch, nicotine gum, a nicotine inhaler, nasal spray or the non-nicotine pill.
- 1 day before: Put away lighters and ashtrays. Throw away all cigarettes and matches. Clean your clothes to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke.
- Quit day: Keep very busy. Remind family and friends that this is your quit day. Stay away from alcohol. Give yourself a treat or do something special.
From then on if you "slip" and smoke, don't give up. Set a new date to get back on track. Eat healthy food and get exercise. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - September 2002)
Want to talk to someone more seriously about quitting?
Contact the Counseling Center (ext. 3363), Health Services (ext. 2276) or Student Wellness Education (ext. 2302) to determine what the right plan is for you.