- Decide positively that
you want to quit. Try to avoid negative thoughts about how difficult
it might be.
- List all reasons you
want to quit. Every night before going to bed, repeat one of those
reasons 10 times.
- Develop strong personal
reasons in addition to your health and obligations to others.
For example, think of all the time you waste taking cigarette
breaks, rushing out to buy a pack, hunting for a light, etc.
- Begin to condition yourself
physically: Start a modest exercise program; drink more fluids;
get plenty of rest; and avoid fatigue.
- Set a target date for
quitting perhaps a special day such as your birthday, your
anniversary, or the Great American Smoke out. If you smoke heavily
at work, quit during your vacation so that you're already committed
to quitting when you return. Make the date sacred, and don't let
anything change it. This will make it easy for you to keep track
of the day you became a nonsmoker and to celebrate that date every