Get a Quit Plan
It’s important to create a quit plan. The more prepared you are for this change, the more successful you will be.
1. First off, believe in yourself. Believe you can quit. Think about some of the most difficult things you have done in your life, and realize that you have the determination to quit smoking.
2. Call the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to schedule a counseling session with a Quit Coach®, who will help you develop an individualized quit plan.
3. Set your quit date. We recommend picking a low-stress day. Five days before that date, write down all the reasons why you want to quit. Let your family and friends know you are quitting so they can be supportive.
4. Your Quit Coach® may advise you to spend the next couple of days paying attention to what triggers make you want to smoke or use tobacco—stress, driving, or having a morning cup of coffee. Write down what you will do instead of smoking or using tobacco when these triggers come up after your quit date.
5. One day before your quit date, throw away your cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco, lighters, matches and ashtrays—and not just in a trash can next to your desk in your house. Throw them away some place where they are really gone and you can’t easily get to them. Clean your home, your car…everywhere you used to smoke. Really clean these areas well, and make sure you clean your clothes, too.
6. On your quit day, read what you wrote down five days ago when you set the date. And remember, the triggers that make you want more nicotine will only last a short while. When you feel a craving, take a walk, call a friend, and keep your list of “Why I’m Quitting” handy.