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Your Quit Smoking Plan

So you are ready to quit? Get a plan together. Studies show that people who have a plan for quitting smoking ahead of time have far greater chances to succeed. Stopping smoking can be a little scary, if you are prepared it can make your first steps far more comfortable and you’ll be prepared for what comes ahead.

Step 1: Preparing to quit

Quitting smoking without preparation can be difficult and often leads to “mistakes” or full relapse. The cravings people deal with when they don’t have cigarettes can be strong and without preparation it can be very easy to either go buy cigarettes or grab one that’s been stashed away. After that first “mistake”, getting back into the addiction happens so quickly people often wonder what happened to their quit plan. Being prepared can help prevent this.

Here are some tips to help you get ready to quit:

Alternatives to smoking a cigarette:

Step 2: Use aids to help you quit smoking if you need them

No matter what you hear or read, people who quit smoking have done it using a method that works for them. Whether you are planning on using a Nicotine Patch, Nicotine Gum, Prescription Medications such as Zyban or Chantix, Natural Quit Smoking Aids, Hypnosis, or cold turkey, be sure to complement your action plan with them. Don’t attempt to use these aids without an action plan. Studies show that having the plan in conjunction with a smoking cessation treatment is far more successful. Be sure to follow the instructions or doctors advice on all methods however and incorporate those into your action plan.

Step 3: Staying smoke free

Once you have set your date and stopped smoking, the real trick is to keep it that way. Remember to keep your list of reasons with you at all times and keep your tools with you. Be prepared for unexpected cravings that can come out of nowhere. Get used to how you deal with cravings and whenever you have one, run through the steps you need. If you feel depressed, remember that quitting Nicotine can have this effect and it will go away with time. Your body and mind are healing, lots of things happen during that time. Trust us, everything will be better than it was before you quit in the end.