Prepare to Quit Smoking and Develop a Quit Smoking Plan.

Quit Smoking Date in DiaryAs with any goal in life, the better prepared you are to meet that goal, the more likely you will succeed in reaching it. This includes having a well thought out plan. It works in business, education, day to day living and of course rehabilitation.

The more you invest in developing your plan, the more likely and more empowered you will be, to quit smoking.

Most, if not all, successful ex smokers have had at least some resemblance of a quit smoking plan. Even the rare few who give up smoking on a whim, knew how they were going to do it, what to expect and how they would overcome their challenges.

The more you invest in developing your plan, the more likely and more empowered you will be, to quit smoking.


Creating a Quit Smoking Plan.


Set a Realistic Date to Quit Smoking.


    • Do not rush into a quit smoking campaign. You will need to prepare and bring the battle against nicotine into your favor. Give yourself enough time to research and develop your quit smoking plan.


    • Seriously consider organising some time off work during the early stages of your quit. Achieve this by either seeing your doctor and getting sick leave approved, or using annual leave. Nicotine Addiction is a disease, do not make recovery tougher for the sake of keeping up appearances. Your objective is to successfully quit smoking, not to quit smoking “gracefully” or in a manner that is “acceptable” to your boss. If you are inclined to keep busy, there are plenty of other, less risky ways of doing so.


    • Set a date that will give you enough time to prepare both physically and emotionally. As you become more ready to quit smoking, you will grow in confidence and in all likelihood, look forward to your quit date.


Assess Your Motivations to Quit Smoking.


    • Be certain you know why YOU want to be a non smoker.



    • Write down your motivations to quit smoking and memorize them.


Research Your Addiction and What Happens During Withdrawal.




    • Collect information that you can refer to while quitting. Namely, information on side effects timelines and tips on coping with the withdrawal.


Speak to Your Doctor.


    • The more you know before seeing your doctor, the better. You will be able to speak in greater depth about your plan to quit smoking and really understand the rehabilitation process. Relationships with medical professionals are at their best when both parties are contributing.


    • Ask for more information on quit smoking methods.


    • Ask for more information and referrals to other professionals and professional organizations that can help you quit.


Build Your Quit Smoking Support Network.


    • Talk to your family and friends about your quit. Let them know what to expect and what you will need from them. Be honest and be selfish. Your quit is 100% about saving YOU!



Come up With Effective Strategies.


    • Draw on the knowledge you have gained, as well as the advice given from others within your support network, to identify all of the challenges you will face. Come up with well thought out strategies on how to overcome these challenges.


    • Address each stage of the quit process, not just the first few days.


    • Consider all of your past experiences and learn from your mistakes.




  1. Thanks Leon.
    ” but one has to have the motivation and will power.”
    I agree, though I prefer to drop the word “power,” as it tends to imply a trait that people sometime feel they lack.

    I’m sure you have heard or even said in the past yourself,

    “I can’t quit because I lack the willpower.”

    I think it is more a case of, you are either willing to suffer what comes with the healing process or not.

    Anyway…thanks for the input 😀

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