Your Plan-to-Quit Cards were created specifically to help you prepare for your quit date and to help you stay quit. They include simple exercises that can help you prepare for quitting, understand your smoking behaviors, create smart strategies for dealing with the urge to smoke, and more.
The Plan-to-Quit Cards include:
- Smoking Log: helps uncover your smoking routines
- Smoking Risk Situations: identify your triggers
- Quit Strategies: how to avoid smoking
- Blueprint for a Smoke-Free Zone: make your home smoke-free
- 24-Hour Action Plan: develop a plan that takes it one day at a time
- 5-Minute Distractions: help get past urges
- Nicotine Withdrawal Symptom Information: what to expect
- Weight Gain Information and Healthy Choices: focus on ways to stay healthy
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Top Quitting Tips
Planning your quit can help you be more successful. The Plan-to-Quit Cards can help you do that. But there are a few things to keep in mind while quitting, too.
- If you slip up, don’t give up. Quitting smoking is hard, but it is possible. If you slip up and smoke while trying to quit, try to think about why you slipped up and learn from it. So if you’re in that situation again, you’ll have a strategy to avoid smoking.
- The urge to smoke only lasts about 5 minutes. If you can do something else for 5 minutes, you may be able to outlast the urge. You can find a list of everyday distractions in your Plan-to-Quit Cards.
- Put the scales away. We know many people worry about weight gain when they quit, but consider this: You may be more successful if you focus on quitting smoking first, and then deal with any weight gain. Be sure to discuss your plan with your doctor before you get started, as they will provide the right guidance for you. The average weight gain is often less than some people think!
- You can do this! Remember, for many people quitting isn’t about willpower alone. It’s about being prepared and getting the right elements in place: your doctor’s advice, support from family and friends, and a plan for quitting.