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Time to quit….now

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Today is one of the most popular days of the year on which to quit smoking. If you havn’t thrown away your last cigarette yet, there is still time to do it. While my personal opinion is that its best to do some preparation for quitting (finding out what medications may help, getting your prescription if necessary, telling friends and family you are quitting, anticipating difficult situations etc), there is no doubt that many people can successfully quit by simply deciding that the one they are smoking is their last, stubbing it out, and making a personal commitment to not smoke again.

For many people who successfully quit, one of the keys to success is having a single-minded focus on remaining smoke free. I think that’s one of the characteristics of successful treatment programs, and even self-help materials (e.g. the Allen Carr books I wrote about a couple of weeks ago) – they very strongly encourage the smoker to make quitting their number one priority, and keep reinforcing that message. So to succeed I think that’s what you have to do. An attitude of “I’ll give it a go and see how it goes” is unlikely to cut it. Whereas an attitude that, “Nothing can make me smoke and I’m choosing not to, no-matter what”, is more likely to succeed. And that means being prepared to do what it takes, and using all the help you can get.

I’d be interested to hear from people who tried to quit recently…what has been the most difficult part and what has helped.
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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