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Making a plan that includes these steps increases your chance of quitting for good.
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One of the best ways to be more successful when making any type of resolution for the new year is to make a plan for how you will achieve your goals before you start.

If you smoke, making a resolution to quit smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Of course, as many people who have tried to quit will tell you (or as you may already know yourself if you’ve tried to quit in the past), quitting smoking is not easy. It takes a lot of willpower and determination to make this time the last time you need to quit.

Some Americans have begun smoking during the coronavirus pandemic even if they have tried to quit before, according to an article published in the Wall Street Journal. This may be because people are stressed and have more opportunities to light up since they aren’t out in places that have restrictions on smoking. However, there is a growing number of people who are determined to quit smoking as a result of the pandemic because being a smoker greatly increases your chances of serious complications from COVID-19.

No matter what your motivation to quit and no matter how many times you have tried to quit in the past, having a quit plan in place can increase your chance of being successful. It’ll help you map out the reasons you want to quit, what obstacles you may face, how you will overcome those obstacles and where and when you may need help on your journey to be smoke-free.

Make 2021 the year you quit smoking for good by taking some time now to plan for your success. The tips in this video and below can help you take 7 important steps to build a quit plan.

How to Build a Quit Plan:

  1. Set a quit date.
  2. Think about your reasons for quitting.
  3. Identify your smoking triggers.
  4. Prepare to fight cravings.
  5. Get rid of smoking reminders.
  6. Ask for support from family and friends.
  7. Explore resources to help you quit.

Quitting smoking happens one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Celebrate milestones and be proud of your accomplishments.

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