In celebration of World No Tobacco Day, we at Penn Medicine are here to help you stop smoking for good. Even giving up this dangerous habit for one day can dramatically improve your health.
If you’re ready to stub the smokes and want to try to quit on your own, here are a few tips to helping you take the first steps towards successfully quitting.*
Set a date: Whether you choose to quit smoking today, tomorrow, or the third Tuesday next month, pick a date to quit and stick to it. Having a start date will keep you focused on your goal and can help you plan ahead.
- Voice your decision: Quitting tobacco and smoking isn’t an easy process, so don’t think you have to do it alone! Tell your friends and family that you are quitting (let them know when your start date is) and ask for their encouragement to keep you on track.
- Plan for the bad days: Breaking the smoking habit is not an overnight thing – you’re likely to have bad days along the way. The difference between picking back up or maintaining your goal is identifying your challenges and smoking triggers and having a plan for coping with them.
- Get it out of sight: When you’re ready to quit, remove all cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, workplace, and car, to keep temptation at bay.
- Talk to a professional: Be honest with your doctor about your decision and talk about getting help to quit smoking.
- Get help at Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, which provides state-of-the-art and individualized treatment to help smokers quit safely and comfortably. Specialists at the center offer treatment that is respectful and supportive, without guilt or pressure.
Learn how you can get help to quit smoking at Penn.
Watch Frank Leone, MD, MS, director of the Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Treatment Program at Penn talk about how Penn can help you quit smoking.
*Tips for quitting tobacco and cigarette smoking were taken from the website, Smokefree.gov.