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Five Keys to Quitting

1. Get ready

2. Get help

3. Learn new skills and behaviors

What are your smoking habits and rituals? Identifying your smoking triggers can help you avoid them and plan for ways to keep you out of risky situations. Start by:

4. Get and use medication

You will double your chances of quitting even if medication is the only treatment you use to quit. Your odds get even better when you combine medication and other quit strategies.

There are FDA-approved medications that have been proven effective in helping smokers quit, as well as nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gums, sprays and inhalers. Nicotine replacement products supply relief from symptoms of withdrawal and can help you in your efforts to stay quit. Your doctor will help you decide if you should take medicines including nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit, and help you take medications correctly so they are most effective.

Find information about Nicotine Replacement Therapy from the American Lung Association.

5. Be prepared for relapse

Most people are not successful the first few times they try to quit smoking. Don’t beat yourself up. Use the experience to gain knowledge about what worked and what didn’t, and how to avoid a relapse next time. Most importantly, keep trying.


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