The decision to quit smoking isn't one you make overnight. Before kicking the habit, most smokers go through five stages.
Knowing which stage you are at will help you react accordingly.
You smoke—and you like it! There’s no question of your quitting smoking right now. If this is your situation and you’re browsing this site all the same, hopefully this visit will encourage you to begin considering a smoke-free life.
You’re thinking of quitting but you’re still hesitant. It’s time for you to get more information about tobacco to fuel your motivation. Ask yourself the following questions. The answers might be enough to convince you!
Why do people smoke?
You enjoy the taste, it keeps you awake, it keeps your hands busy, or maybe it keeps the weight off—everyone has their reasons. Once you understand why you smoke, you can find reasons and ways to quit. For ideas, read the section What kind of smoker are you?
You’re probably wondering whether it’s the right time. The truth is, the best time to quit is when you feel motivated and ready.
If you smoke, it’s because you like to smoke. It’s the same for everyone! It’s a habit people like, and it’s tough to break. Our advice: take a sheet of paper and list all the advantages of smoking on one side and then all the disadvantages on the other. Chances are there won’t be that many in the advantages column.
Why try again?
You’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve tried to quit? You’re not alone! On average, it takes smokers four (and sometimes more) tries to quit. Try to learn from your past attempts.
Some people are able to quit overnight but studies show that the chances of success are greater when you prepare for it.
It’s never easy in the beginning—you have to fight the physical and psychological addiction, which can be as strong as an addiction to cocaine. Deciding to take action is that much more of a tribute to you!
If you’re ready to take action immediately, above all don’t waste your motivation! Head without delay to the Avoiding relapses section to put in place strategies to stay on track.
Our support and tools will help you stay on track. It sometimes takes six months to a year before you are considered a non-smoker but you’re not alone!
Remember that other smokers are about to go through the same thing. You can share your story on Facebook and help other smokers reach their goal.