1. Pick your quit date
2. Mark it on your calendar.
3. Tell family and friends your quit date.
Some people prefer to not tell others, if this is the case and it works for you, then don't tell anybody. However, if you choose not to tell anybody for fear of you going back to smoking and feeling silly - this is normal. Try and brave up and tell people. You may find that you will get a whole lot more support. If there are other smokers in the house, they may even give you a bit of space and not smoke around you.
3. Stock up on sugarless gum, chopped carrot sticks and sugarless boiled sweets.
4. Will you use NRT (nicotine replacement therapy)? If so, get your prescription filled or buy it over the counter. If you attend your GP or local stop smoking service, you may be eligible to receive this for free or for the cost of your prescription.
5. Will you attend a smoking cessation class? If so, sign up - If you would like more details of your local stop smoking service, send me a private message and I'll get the details for you.
6. Practice saying “No thank you, I don’t smoke”.
7. Get rid of all cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and any other smoking related items.
8. Remember that stopping smoking is the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health
9. Stay positive, remember that nobody said it would be easy, but everyone says that it is worth it!