Developing a plan for quitting smoking is vital for success in eliminating your dependence on nicotine. An effective plan will include the date you will have fully quit smoking, the behavior steps you will take between now and that date to support your goal and a measured and timed approach to reducing tobacco usage.
Studies have shown that emotional support (social support) has an association to quitting smoking. Support from others in your journey to quit smoking will contribute to your confidence and success in quitting. It's important to surround yourself with individuals who will celebrate your successes (large and small), be patient and positive and stick around for the long haul.
Most of us know the top reasons for quitting smoking: you'll live longer and decrease your risk for myriad of cancers; you'll save money; you'll be protecting your family and friends who are exposed to your smoke. With these reasons in mind, have you identified and written down YOUR reasons for quitting smoking today? Would you like to spend the money you would have spent on cigarettes on a vacation with your wife? Would you like to get off medications for conditions exasperated by smoking? Can you imagine the increase in the pleasures in your life when you quit?
Set your goal clearly and share your goal and date to quit with others. Avoid setting a quit date at a high-stress time like the Holidays or during a large project at work. Reward yourself each time you reach a goal and allow your support system to celebrate your successes with you.