2012-11-15 / Community

Quit tips from the American Cancer Society

Set a date. Picking a “quit day” is a critical first step. It’s best to pick a date within the next month, so you allow enough time to prepare and create a plan but not enough time to change your mind.

Make a plan. Successfully quitting is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck. Many smokers prefer to quit cold turkey on their quit day, while others slowly reduce the amount of nicotine in their body.

Don’t smoke on your quit day. Don’t take even one puff!

Avoid rationalizations. Write down rationalizations as they come up and recognize them as messages that can trick you into going back to smoking.

Bounce back from slips. A slip is a one-time mistake that is quickly corrected; a relapse is going back to smoking.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Join the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15 and explore all of our free information, tips, and tools at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

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