Quit Guide: Preparing to Quit
Tell Others your Plan to Quit
Quitting smoking is easier with the support of others. Tell your family‚ friends‚ and coworkers that you plan to quit. Tell them how they can help you.
Some people like to have friends ask how things are going. Others find it nosy. Tell the people you care about exactly how they can help. Here are some ideas:
- Ask everyone to understand your change in mood. Remind them that this won’t last long. (The worst will be over within two weeks.) Tell them this: "The longer I go without cigarettes‚ the sooner I’ll be my old self."
- Does someone close to you smoke? Ask them to quit with you‚ or at least not to smoke around you.
- Do you take any medicines? Tell your doctor and pharmacist you are quitting. Nicotine changes how some drugs work. You may need to change your prescriptions after you quit.
- Get support from other people. You can try talking with others one–on–one or in a group. You can also get support on the phone. You can even try an Internet chat room. This kind of support helps smokers quit. The more support you get‚ the better. But even a little can help.
Additional information for women‚ who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant is available in the Forever Free for Baby & Me‚ Booklet 2: Partner Support (PDF).