This is part of a series of letters from QuitNet members who shared their experience with quitting smoking using QuitNet, and offered their encouragement for others to do the same. If you'd like to share your experience or motivate a loved one or smoker who wants to quit, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Take smoking off the table as an option.
What does that mean exactly? It means that no matter what excuse your brain can come with, you will NOT smoke. Kick, scream, cry… do whatever you need to do, but DON’T smoke.
I truly believe that you have to be ready to quit. You become a winner when your head is in the game and you’re ready to give it your all, no matter what.
Learn all that you can about nicotine addiction. There is a wealth of information on the internet as well as in support groups. Find a group in your neighborhood! Understanding and anticipating the processes that are happening in your body and psyche is a huge help in quitting.
Personally, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the people on QuitNet. From newbies to people with years quit under their belts, the support was immeasurable. With QuitNet, I’m not alone. It’s comforting that I’m able to reach out to a community at any time.
So go ahead. Take the plunge, and set your quit date. If I can quit after 30 years, surely you can too.