Why Set a Quit Date

Blog Post created by dr_hurt on Sep 21, 2011

When you decide to stop smoking, there are a lot of steps to take such as getting in the right mind set, seeking support, and having a plan.  One important task is setting a quit date

If you have simply put some thought into stopping smoking or even taken a few steps such as cutting down, but have never committed to setting a quit date, we would encourage you to reconsider.  Setting a quit date makes your goal a reality.  Here are some steps you can take for setting your quit date:

Put some thought into picking a quit date that will work best for you.  Think through the pros and cons of picking a weekday versus a weekend.  Only you can determine what day will be best suited to begin your road to a new smoke-free life.

Once you’ve set your quit date, freshen up your surroundings by removing ash trays and lighters, cleaning your car, etc.  Putting quit kits together is another coping skill that might be helpful.  Consider having a supply of things that will keep your hands and mouth busy, such as gum, mints, straws, cinnamon sticks, stress balls, etc.  Be sure you have your kits available in your home, work, and car.

Prior to your quit date, talk to your healthcare provider about your new goal and seek assistance, support, and advice on medications you should consider.

There is a lot more information on setting your quit date on the EX site. You are taking one of the most important steps in your life by setting your quit date.