It's Important to Have a 'Can-Do' Attitude

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Aug 28, 2009
While quitting smoking is difficult, it is not an impossible tasks. I hear people say to me all the time as they prepare to stop smoking, "Man, this quitting smoking thing is going to be so hard. I'll bet it's the hardest thinking I'll ever have to do." Well, if I go into something thinking it's going to be a 10 on a 0 to 10 scale, then in all likelihood it WILL be a 10. I will end up making it as hard and difficult as I'd expected it to be. In reality it may have only had to be a 7 if I'd approached it from a different mindset. Sure, 7 is no piece of cake either, but it is a lot better than a 10. Don't make stopping smoking harder than it has to be. To a large extent we set up our success or failure at the beginning of an endeavor.

And there are more approved medications available now than ever before. Sure. there's nothing out there that's going to MAKE someone stop smoking, no matter what the packaging may say, but these products do help. So, combining these products with an attitude that does not make the quitting experience harder than it needs to be, increases your odds. Also check out the EX Community to learn tips and share stories on your journey to become tobacco-free.

Dr. Richard D. Hurt is an internationally recognized expert on tobacco dependence. A native of Murray, Kentucky, he joined Mayo Clinic in 1976 and is now a Professor of Medicine at its College of Medicine. In 1988, he founded the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and since then its staff has treated over 33,000 patients for tobacco dependence. Send your questions directly to Dr. Hurt at AskTheExpert@becomeanex.org