Ready to quit? Here's how to get started:
• Write down and frequently read a list of the reasons why you want to stop smoking.
• If you have unsuccessfully tried to stop smoking before, identify why these attempts did not work. Plan ways to avoid these problems again.
• Prepare to cope with temporary withdrawal symptoms (drink lots of water, chew gum, or take frequent walks -- whatever works for you). Warn your friends that you may be restless, irritable, and cranky for awhile!
• Ask your family and friends to help you stop smoking. Better yet, find a friend to stop smoking with you so you can offer each other support and encouragement.
• Many women try all sorts of ways to stop smoking gradually, such as: switching to an Ultra Lights brand, gradually reducing the number of cigarettes smoked each day, smoking only half of each cigarette, smoking only when the craving becomes desperate, or forcing oneself to go to inconvenient places to smoke. Others go cold turkey.