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Quitting Smoking - Thinking About Quitting?

When you're craving tobacco, it's hard to focus on quitting. Preparing yourself before you quit can help. Before you quit, get ready for a life without nicotine.

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One Man's Story:

Planning was key to John's success. "The [stop-smoking] class taught me how to get ready to quit."-John, 39

Read more about John and how he quit smoking.

Think about your reasons for quitting

What would motivate you to quit smoking? Think about it. It's important to have your own reasons for quitting.

Use this self-test to help you discover what might motivate you to quit smoking(What is a PDF document?).

Staying healthy is a common reason to want to quit smoking. Or maybe you want to feel more in control of your life, instead of feeling controlled by tobacco. Teens may have other reasons to quit smoking.

Talk to your family and friends about quitting. Their support might help you decide to quit.

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Know the risks of smoking

What worries you about smoking? Make a list. Talk about it with your doctor. You may worry about:

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One Man's Story:

It was throat pain that helped Nate give up smoking for good. Dealing with a sore throat all the time just wasn't worth it anymore. "In the end, I made up my mind and quit."-Nate, 27

Read more about Nate and how he quit smoking.

Look forward to the rewards

What do you gain by quitting? You can:

  • Feel better and be able to do more.
  • Have a younger-looking and healthier body.
  • Set a good example for others (especially children).
    • If you smoke, your child is more likely to smoke.
    • If your teen smokes, he or she may be more likely to quit smoking if you quit.
    • If your child never smokes during the teen years, he or she is less likely to start smoking in the future.
  • Save money by getting rid of the cost of smoking. To find out how much you spend on cigarettes, see the Interactive Tool: How Much Is Smoking Costing You? calculator.gif
  • Be in control of your habits.
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Last Updated: November 12, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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