How to Stop Smoking – A Personalized Plan

Erin Benjamin 

You probably already know of many different ideas of how to stop smoking if you are a smoker that is trying to quit. The first step was the personal decision to stop smoking. You did not make that decision to please others, it was for yourself. Always remember the reasons that you chose to quit smoking and refer back to them again and again when your body is craving nicotine. The internet is stock full of information and tips on how to stop smoking and you have read several of them before. People are more than willing to offer their stories of what worked for them and what didn’t. This article is about developing a personal plan for the smoker who is going to stop smoking gradually. Though some tips could prove helpful to the “cold turkey quitter”.

How to Stop SmokingJust like the main reason and decision for quitting was personal, the first step of your personalized plan is to develop a schedule of how you plan to stop smoking. Pick a date that you plan to quit completely and start making steps toward that goal. Do not set the date too far in the future as too much time could allow you to lose focus and return back to old habits. However, if you set the date too close, you may quickly find yourself unable to cope with the nicotine withdrawals. Get support from your family and friends and tell them about the date and that you expect their assistance and encouragement along the way.

The next step is to calculate how many cigarettes you plan to smoke and continually decrease them so to smoke your last cigarette on your target date. Be reasonable with these figures and allow yourself just a little bit of wiggle room. You will be surprised at how much better you feel at the end of just a couple of weeks. Take notice of new things in your life like a keener sense of smell, better taste for food, and a more pleasant odor on your clothes. Keep a visual track on your calendar of the progress you make and refer to it many times.

The money you save per pack should be kept in a piggy bank to reward yourself every couple of weeks. The cost of cigarettes and tobacco has risen greatly and it shouldn’t be long before you save up enough to buy yourself a great reward for sticking to your plan. Keep in mind that this could very well be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but that you are a strong person and can take whatever is thrown at you during this time. As you get closer to your quit date, be sure to begin avoiding other things that stimulate your desire for smoking. When the time comes, be determined, and start working on another good habit!