You've made up your mind to quit smoking.
Good for you!
Now it's time to get ready. Preparing to quit can increase your chances of success. So before you quit, take these important steps:
Set a quit date
Choose a day no more than one or two weeks away so you don't lose motivation, advises Smokefree.gov.
It's easier to quit smoking when you have support. Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you plan to quit. You might consider discussing these points:
Anticipate and plan for challenges
There will be times of temptation and cravings. And there will be symptoms of withdrawal. Keep these points in mind:
Clear your surroundings of things that remind you of smoking. For instance:
Talk to your doctor
Quitting cold turkey isn't your only option. Medicines—some prescription and others over-the-counter—may help ease withdrawal symptoms and boost your chances of quitting for good.
But it's best to check with your doctor to find out which, if any, of these medications is the right fit for you.
Also, whether or not you seek professional help to quit, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know you are giving up smoking. Nicotine changes how some drugs work, so some of your prescriptions may need to be changed after you quit.Additional sources: American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute