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Getting Ready – Time To Stop & Think

You may feel that you’re ready to quit smoking TODAY and you’ve probably been smoking for many years.

Give yourself the best chance to plan your smoking quit in advance – and do it powerfully and once and for all!

Preparing Your Quit Plan

Upsetting your smoking habits is a good preparation for quitting. When you combine this with exercise, dietary change and if needed, temporary medication, your chances of success double! Here are some common habit-breaking tips.

Habit breaking

  • SWITCH – Try changing the brand of cigarettes that you currently smoke before you quit. Smoke brand that you would never smoke.
  • REDUCE - Try cutting out a few of your cigarettes before you quit.
  • DELAY – Delaying a minute or two and the urge will pass.
  • DISTACT – Get busy. Do something. This really helps!

Setting Your Quit Date to Stop Smoking

WRITE IT DOWN YOUR GOAL – Pick a quit date and write it on your calendar. Remember, there is no “perfect” time to quit smoking, but it’s wise to avoid a time of high stress.

PLAN IN ADVANCE – Give yourself 1 to 3 weeks to get ready. This allows time to:

  • Get used to the idea of quitting.
  • Line up family and friends for support.
  • Practice habit breaking.
  • Consider herbal aides and prescriptions as a last resort.

You can do it!

Try the many herbs to help stop smoking. See article by Annie B Bond. Here is a partial list

  • Lobelia – mimics the effects of nicotine; lobelia is the chief ingredient in many stop-smoking remedies.
  • Coltsfoot, horehound, and mullein eliminate tar and other foreign substances from the lungs.
  • Mimosa relieves the headaches and anxiety most smokers experience when quitting.
  • Passion Flower – promotes calmness and relaxation, which will help with the irritability you may experience
  • Peppermint leaf – has relaxation and detoxification powers
  • Ginger root – aids in digestion and relieves the nausea that nicotine withdraw sometimes produces
  • Skullcap – used in the treatment of anxiety and nervous tension
  • Eleuthero Root – combats stress and fatigue and helps boost the immune system
  • Elderberry Flower – protects against inflammation of the upper respiratory tract
  • Echinacea Purpurea – helps stimulate the body’s resistance to infection, disease, fever and blood poisoning
  • Safflower – contains anti-tumor properties

LAST RESORT ONLY – Get stop-smoking medications only as a last resort. Remember chemical drugs have side effects so use them only ….temporarily… to transition:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) These medicines can help reduce cravings once you quit. For NRT patches, gum and lozenge there is no prescription necessary; NRT Inhaler and Spraywith a prescription.
  • Chantix® is a new non-nicotine containing medication that is available by prescription only. Check with you doctor about whether Chantix® is right for you.
  • Zyban® is a non-nicotine containing medication that is available by prescription only.
    Check with your doctor about whether Zyban® is right for you.

For more information about stop smoking medications, see Stop Smoking Medications


  • 123 Greetings Inspiration and encouragement to help you quit smoking.
  • American Council on Science and Health A consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.
  • American Legacy Foundation The step-by-step smoke Clinic program will help you quit and stay smoke free.
  • American Lung Association The American Lung Association has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease.
  • ASH Action on Smoking and Health – A National Charitable Antismoking & Nonsmokers’ Rights Organization Supported by Tax-Deductible Contributions.
  • Changeworks For weight control, smoking cessation, stress management, hypnosis, NLP, Metastates info, hypnosis – Hypnosis and NLP used for Weight loss, Stop smoking, stress management, hypnosis training, NLP training, corporate consulting.
  • Feel Better Quit Smoking Smoking spreads disease and death but quitting is tough. This site helps smokers to kick the habit by providing information and techniques.
  • Healthfinder®key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.  Linking to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,800 health-related organizations.
  • Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Resources - Lots of information, articles and links for hypnotherapy.  Worldwide information including, how to find a therapist, professional organization etc. Hypnotherapy is highly effective for stopping smoking.
  • Infect the Truth Their main goal is to alert everyone to the lies and hidden practices of the cigarette companies, while giving people the tools to have a voice in changing that.
  • I Quit Smoking Tell The World that You Quit Smoking!  Tell The World that You Are Going to Quit Smoking!  How? Get your own free i-quit-smoking.com email address–For Life!
  • Join Together Online (JTO) has long been a pioneer in using the Internet to support people working on substance abuse and gun violence issues.
  • Kick Butt Learning center where you can learn all about the dangers and health risks of tobacco, about the sneaky tactics the tobacco industry uses to peddle their stuff, and how you can act through government to make our country a safer and healthier place.
  • Leave The Pack Behind (LTPB) is an innovative, multi-campus initiative serving post-secondary students who may be at risk of starting or continuing smoking.
  • Life Coaching Solutions Free resources, links and information on Coaching. Specialist personal section. Find out how professional coaching can help you with your life including stopping smoking.
  • MyOnlinePool.com – Offers online office pool software in a wide selection of categories including NFL Football pools, Super Bowl squares, Monday Night Football squares, NCAA College Football and Basketball, World Cup Soccer, American Idol elimination and more sports and reality TV show pool categories coming soon.
  • OncoLink Through OncoLink you can get comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.
  • Principal Health News Healthcare resource center.
  • Quit is a program housed within The Cancer Council Victoria of Australia. … Quit runs campaigns to encourage quitting and raise the awareness of other tobacco related issues.
  • Quit Net Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
  • Quit Smoking Cigarettes... Personal story: “my 27 year battle with tobacco addiction”, Information about Tobacco
  • Quit Smoking Hub Detoxify. Restore. Relax. For Good. Quit Smoking Today. Also product comparisons, statistics, cigarette ingredients, use of herbs and aromatherapy in eliminating nicotine addiction. Must read!
  • Quit Smoking Journals This site is designed and maintained by ex-smokers to help smokers quit and keep their quit. You will read of the quit smoking journey and find the support and help you need for a successful quit.
  • QuitSmokingNews.com - quit smoking forum, help quit smoking, quit smoking program, smoking cessation, smoking story, what happens when you quit smoking, best way to quit smoking, web directory.
  • Quit Smoking Open Diary Community that helps you to reach your goal of a smoke-free life.
  • Quit Smoking Stop, The – offers information on vitamins, home remedies, eating healthy, and their possible benefits in quitting smoking.
  • Quitting Smoking Support – Site offers a daily email support program that will offer you excellent advice to keep you on the quitting smoking track.
  • Quit–Smoking.us FREE unbiased reviews of quitting smoking methods and products – and which ones proved to be the most effective in helping you quit smoking!
  • Quit Smoking with Smoke Away – The Natural Way to Stop Smoking Quit smoking with Smoke Away. Stop smoking with an all natural smoking cessation product. The Natural Smoke-Away System works all naturally to reinforce your efforts to be smoke free for good!
  • SmokeAway.org 7 Day Smoke Away Quit Smoking Guaranteed!
  • Sober Recovery Whether it be from nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, eating or gambling, mental illness or abuse, requires help. And it is access to the many different organizations that provide help that we hope to give you.
  • Stop Smoking Center Whether you have already quit smoking or are thinking about quitting smoking, this web program and Support Community will give you the help you need to succeed.
  • Stop Smoking Painlessly Yes you can help you stop smoking quickly and painlessly.  Let us show you how.
  • Stop Smoking Webring You will find information, advice, and products to help you to stop smoking.
  • Stop smoking with advanced Smoke Away system! Smoke Away is an herbal supplement that can help you quit in 7 days or less.
  • Take the Nicorette Fruit Chill Million Challenge That’s because it’s the first and only stop smoking gum that’s coated twice with fruit flavor – to deliver an intense flavor experience.
  • Tales From The Quit Woofmang.com – Tales from the quit is a collection of essays, stories, rambles, and rants written during a successful quitter’s first year of freedom from smoking.
  • The Quit Smoking Stop Teen smoking cessation website.
  • The Stop Smoking Center A free personalized Smoking Cessation program that includes interactive tools and a professionally moderated quit smoking support group.
  • Tobacco Free Kids Research, informative news, and special programs designed to fight nicotine and tobacco.
  • Tobacco.org Tobacco News and Information.
  • Try to Stop A number of useful links and informative methods to quit smoking.
  • Web MD The leader in providing services that help physicians, consumers, providers and health plans navigate the complexity of the healthcare system.

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  1. Trying to give up smoking has not only been very difficult for myself, but also for those around me. I become very irritable and short tempered. I have damaged numerous friendships and some personal relationships trying to stop smoking, it truly is the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. I used to think there was no hope for me and thought to myself, maybe this is who I am, I AM A SMOKER.

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