Thinking Twice about Tobacco?

Quit for your own reasons, in our own time

You don’t need another reason to quit or another person telling you it’s time. You have plenty of both.

There are things you like about smoking: you wouldn’t be a smoker if that weren’t true. But maybe there are also things you don’t like about it anymore. That’s normal. When you think about quitting, all you can imagine is the stress, how hard it will be to break the routine, and whether you will lose friends when you stop taking smoke breaks.

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Imagine your life without tobacco. How is it different? How is it the same? What will you be able to do when you quit? What will you buy with the money you save? How will you feel different?

 

You already know that smoking is bad for you. Maybe you already feel the toll tobacco is taking on your health. But here’s the good news. When you decide it’s time there are free resources that will make quitting easier and help you quit smoking for good. We aren’t here to lecture you. Quitting is your decision to make. Maybe you just aren’t there yet – and that’s OK.

Points to help you think through your relationship with tobacco

  1. Assess how ready you are. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is it to you to quit ? (1 means it’s not at all important; 10 means it’s extremely important) Why did you select the number you did?
  2. Make a list. Write down all the reasons you want to quit, and all the reasons you don’t want to quit. What are your personal pros and cons of quitting?
  3. Imagine your life tobacco-free. What will you gain? How will your life improve? What challenges will you face? Write down your thoughts.
  4. Understand nicotine withdrawal. How will you feel when you no longer have cravings for tobacco? Withdrawal is no fun, but the good news is that it only lasts a couple of days to a few weeks. So the insomnia, irritability and anxiety you may feel are short-lived.
  5. Get help. Thinking about quitting can feel overwhelming, and maybe you’re not ready. Even if you’re not ready, talking about it with someone who knows what you’re going through can help you prepare. Contact the QuitLine or check out the quit resources available to support you.

Which quit resource is right for me?

 

Think about your goals. Everybody has a plan for their lives. How does tobacco impact your ability to reach your goals?

The thought of quitting can seem daunting. But you have overcome challenges before. You got this. Think about a time when you had to do something hard or make a painful decision. How did you manage it? How did you feel during the experience? How did you feel afterwards? How did it make you stronger? What did you learn about yourself?

Ready to talk to someone about your tobacco use?

Check out the Colorado QuitLine.

The QuitLine’s free one-on-one counseling and free quit medication (like patches and gum) can help you quit for good.

Quit counseling by phone sounds too old school for you? Check out This is Quitting.

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