5 Tips to Stop Smoking

If you’re thinking about stopping smoking, congratulations on taking the first step! We’re here to help you stop smoking. There are a number of things you can do to help you stop.

1. Get Ready.

  • Work on setting a date to stop smoking. It can be tomorrow, 3 months from now, or 6 months from now. Whatever the time may be, program your goal so that you can prepare your mind for it.
  • Change the things around you. For example, get rid of cigarettes and ashtrays in your home and car.
  • Do not let people smoke in your home. This helps you to cut down or stop smoking at home. It also will provide a benefit to the non-smokers in your home so that they’re not exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • If you have tried to stop smoking before, think about what worked and what did not work.

2. Get Help.

  • Tell your friends, family, and coworkers that you are going to stop smoking. Ask them not to smoke around you or leave cigarettes out. Building the support around you can help for a successful quit attempt.
  • Talk to your health care doctor or provider.
  • Get counseling. The more counseling you have, the better your chances of stopping. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

3. Learn New Ways of Living. 

  • Stay busy.
  • Change the things that you do every day. Take a different road to work or eat in a different place.
  • Let go of stress. Exercise is a good way to do this.
  • Plan something fun to do every day.
  • Drink of a lot of water.

4. Use Medications in the Right Way.

  • Talk to your health care provider, or doctor, about how to use medications.
  • Read and follow the directions. Call your doctor if you have any questions.

5. Be Ready for Hard Work. 

  • Most people try to stop smoking several times before they finally stop.
  • If you smoke again, think about what caused you to smoke. Try to stay away from those situations in the future. Do not give up. Try again!

For more help to quit smoking, please contact The California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS or visit www.nobutts.org.