Tips on Quitting
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. The best way to quit is with support. Here are some tips to help:
Put it in writing.
Write down all the reasons why you want to quit smoking, like the money you'll save or the stamina you'll gain for playing sports. Put the list somewhere you can see it.
You’re more likely to quit if friends and family help. It doesn’t have to be your parents; you can confide in a counselor or other adult you trust. Think about joining an online or in-person support group.
Set a quit date.
Pick a day that you'll stop smoking. Let your friends and family know.
Throw away all of your cigarettes.
It’s hard to quit with cigarettes around. Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and especially that emergency stash.
Wash all your clothes.
Get rid of the smell of cigarettes as much as you can by washing all your clothes. If you smoked in the car, clean that out, too.
Know your “triggers” and make changes around them.
There are times that you know you tend to smoke – after meals, when you're at your best friend's house, while drinking coffee, talking or driving. Those times are your triggers. Break the link by doing something else, like going for a walk or talking to a friend. Change your location and swap cigarettes for something else – crunch on carrot sticks, chew gum or mints, or lick a lollipop.