Everyone has their own tobacco story. How and where they first tried it, when they became a regular user, if and how they have thought about or tried to quit. The stories are all unique and everybody has one. When engaged in an in depth discussion, most tobacco users identify some level of wanting to quit. How best to make that happen is again unique to each individual tobacco user.
Here are some ways that people have used to quit.
· Pick a significant date (birthday, holiday, anniversary) and make that their quit date
· Talk to a friend or confidant and use the same quit date and support one another
· Get a prescription for Chantix or Zyban from their doctor or healthcare provider
· Use the birth of a child or grandchild as motivation to quit
· Make it part of an overall focus on health and wellness in their lives
· Call your state Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW
· Make it part of a goal such as running a 5k, 10K, or marathon
· Focus on the money saved and how that money will be used
· Be a positive role model for children in their lives
· Use nicotine medications (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray) in some combination
· Take the dog for a walk after dinner instead of smoking
· Use a loved one as motivation to quit
· Get involved in hobbies and projects
· Find a new passion in life
These are just some of the things that others have done to quit tobacco. You can use them too. It can help to combine these and other ideas in ways that are most meaningful to you!