Choosing the Right Date to Quit

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The Right Time to Quit


So you’ve decided you’re ready to quit smoking. Congratulations! You’ve already made a huge step towards better overall health. The question now is, when should you start?

Tomorrow, May 31, is World No Tobacco Day, and many would argue that there’s no time like the present, so what about then? To ensure your ultimate success though, giving yourself some time to plan is important. As you think about when your quit date will be, consider the following:

  1. It’s best to avoid times of high stress. Now, most Americans report feeling at least moderately stressed on a daily basis, so this shouldn’t be used as an excuse. As opposed to general daily stress, the times of great stress that you may want to avoid may include a major life event (death, marriage, divorce, new job, etc.), holidays or periods during the year at work that are particularly busy. For example, if you work as a teacher, you may want to avoid trying to quit during the beginning or end of a school year.
  2. You’ll need some time to plan. Before your quit date, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician and talk about what your strategy will be. Will you try to quit cold-turkey? Will you enroll in a smoking cessation program? Are nicotine supplements right for you? Whatever path you ultimately choose, it’s important to establish a solid blueprint of how you will stick to your decision before you start.
  3. There may be certain days in the year that motivate you more than others. We already mentioned that today is World No Tobacco Day, but some other notable dates on the calendar may also help energize you towards making a lasting change. New Year’s Day is a popular choice, as is the Great American Smokeout in November. Think about any dates that may be meaningful to you personally or that may spark additional inspiration as you begin your journey.

To schedule an appointment with a primary care physician today so you can begin your new smoke-free life as soon as possible, visit ololphysiciangroup.com. You can also sign up online for Our Lady of the Lake’s Smoking Cessation Program or call (225) 757-2474.

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