Quitting is hard.
- Perhaps you think it’s ridiculous to find quitting so difficult. You may feel weak because you have no willpower, even though people are dropping like flies all around you because of cigarettes.
- Yes, we understand: quitting means battling a drug (nicotine) that creates as strong an addiction as cocaine or heroin (if you want to know why, click on Tobacco and Nicotine).
You’re not the only one to think you don’t have the willpower, and you’re not the only one to believe you can’t do it. On the other hand, nobody ever died of trying to quit smoking. Thousands of smokers just like you have managed to overcome their addiction without going crazy or driving their families up the wall. So you can do it too. You’ll be very proud of yourself when you succeed!
To give yourself the best possible chance of success, we suggest the following.
- Work on your motivations for quitting (visit the section entitled No willpower).
- Find methods to reduce the pressure from your addiction in certain specific situations, for example when visiting friends, after meals, at the breakfast table, on the telephone, when you’re tired, and so on.
- Apply all these methods to get your body used to new habits.
- Once you’re sure of your motivation, set a quit date
- Gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke, to desensitize your body slowly over time.
- Delay lighting up when you have the urge to smoke.
- Identify the need associated with each craving.
- Use at least five of the tips from the TIPS page on this website.
- Consult a doctor if you’re worried about withdrawal symptoms.
- Ask the experts on the IQUITNOW help line (1 866 527-7383) if you need support.
If you’re sincere in your wish to eliminate cigarettes from your life, if you apply the methods you’ve chosen, if you take things one day at a time and if you persevere, then you’ll succeed!
This entire website is there to help you. Go on, give yourself a chance. Have a look around...