Lessons to learn continued...
As soon as John knew more about how tobacco affected his body, his next step was to make a plan. He set a date to quit and figured out which stop-smoking aids to use. In past attempts to quit, John tried both the patch and nicotine gum, but he didn't read the instructions on how to use them correctly. This time, John was prepared. He learned that no matter which aids he chose to use, being in the class meant he had a better chance of quitting.
He worked toward quitting by seeing his quit date as a finish line he would cross. When he crossed the line, he would be a nonsmoker.
Strength from others
Hearing other peoples' success stories encouraged him. His classmates told him that before they took the class, they never thought they'd quit either. Hearing their stories gave John the confidence and strength to go for his goal to quit smoking.
John also took advantage of online help. "The online resource was a really good place to firm up what I'd learned in the classes. The online part also calculated what I'd spent on cigarettes. That was an amazing number-thousands of dollars, easily enough to buy a race car."
All the effort John put into getting ready to quit helped him stay focused on his goal and not give in to the temptation to smoke. "The way I look at it is that it took all of this effort," John says. "If I blow it by taking a cigarette because of a craving, I'd have to start all over again. It was a big incentive to not light up."
John's story reflects his experiences as told in an interview.
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