How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes for Free

We’ve all heard of that rare beast who decides one day to quit smoking and immediately does so cold turkey and successfully. If that’s you, congratulations!
For the rest of us mere mortals, it can be a little more complicated.  Here’s a “How to Quit Smoking for Free” guide for us regular people.

10 Steps to Prepare to Quit Smoking

Preparing to quit smoking is the foundation of a successful quit plan, and this period of preparation will drastically increase your chances of success.

(1) Set a quit date for two to four weeks away. Choose a firm and specific date, and if it is a meaningful date (a birthday or holiday), all the better, but try to choose a date no more than six weeks away. Preparation is a crucial component of a successful quit plan, and this period of preparation will drastically increase your chances of success.

(2) Learn about nicotine dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Check out this excellent nicotine withdrawal timeline and the Mayo Clinic’s overview of nicotine dependence for a start.

(3) Adjust your expectations. Are you expecting yourself to be perfect? What if you relapse? If you are not an immediate success–if you slip up–you have not failed. You can learn from each relapse, and remind yourself that it is all part of the process.

(4) Develop awareness of your smoking behavior and triggers. When and where do you always smoke? Before or after what events do you smoke? Who do you often smoke with? What emotions cause you to smoke? You can work through some of these questions here. Continue reading “How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes for Free”