students walking on campus

Tools and Tips to Quit

Here are some common habit breaking tips you can use:

1. Set a Quit Date

  • The first step to quitting is to set a date.
  • Mark a specific day on your calendar and prepare for it.
  • Set your quit date within 30 days, there is no time like the present!

2. Seek out friends and family that can support you when you quit smoking

  • Tell friends and family that your are quitting and tell them your quit date
  • Avoid being around people who smoke cigarettes
  • If you slip up and have a cigarette, ask those who care about you for support

3. Change your Smoking Routine/ Find other ways to tackle stress

  • Try cutting out a few of your cigarettes before your quit date
  • Delaying a minute or two or drinking a glass of water may help the urge to smoke pass
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga instead of smoking cigarettes
  • Get busy, do something fun, do something active. This really helps!

4. Seeking professional assistance increases your chances of becoming smoke-free

  • Call a tobacco quitline
  • Contact a nearby tobacco cessation program
  • Talk to your doctor about medications that can help you quit