If you’ve gotten sober and you’re still smoking, perhaps you’ve reached a point where you want to stop that too. You might be tired of the smell of smoking in your hair, your clothes, and your home. Perhaps you have a romantic interest who doesn’t smoke and you don’t want to turn them off with your smoking habit. If you’re ready to end your smoking habit, try the START method described below.

Set a date to quit.  

If you have the motivation to quit, then you may want to choose a day to quit that is sooner than later. However, don’t push it out too far and lose your motivation. Use your patterns to identify a good day to quit. For instance, if you know that you tend to smoke when you’re out with friends on the weekend, then you perhaps choose a Monday. This will give you all week to prepare and build the strength to avoid smoking when you’re with friends again.

Tell everyone who you feel will support you that you plan to quit.

When others know that you’re going to quit or that you already have they can provide their support, even in unexpected ways. You might run into a friend at the store right when you were contemplating buying a pack of cigarettes. And whenever you see family and friends they can ask you about your progress, give you encouragement, and be there for you when you need it.

Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.

With any addiction, there are going to be challenges. Aside from the usual cravings and triggers, only you know yourself well enough to know the unique challenges you might face. Before you quit, make a list of those challenges and find a way to prepare for them.

Remove all cigarettes and tobacco products from your life entirely.  

If you want to create a nicotine-free life, think of all the areas of your life you need to get rid of tobacco products. You may need to clean out your home, car, and office. You might need to throw away ashtrays and matches. You might also want to clean your clothes, carpet, rugs, and furniture of any cigarette odors.

Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Fortunately, you don’t need to have the willpower of a horse to quit smoking. There are all sorts of tools to help you. If you talk to your doctor, he or she can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal symptoms. Plus, there are many products that you can purchase over the counter at a pharmacy or grocery store. For instance, you might look for a nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.

If you really want to quit, the plan above may help. However, be sure not to skip step two, which is telling your friends and family. Their support will keep you going when you feel like you want to grab a cigarette and light one up. With support, a set date, tools, and the commitment to quit, you can do it.

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