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Smoking: Choosing a Good Time to Quit

Overview

Your attempt to quit is more likely to succeed if you pick a good time. Anytime that you can focus your energy and attention on your goal of quitting tobacco is a good time to quit. This could include:

  • Today, if you're motivated.
  • On the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke-Out," which is the Thursday before Thanksgiving.
  • On a special day, such as your birthday, New Year's Day, or the first day of a vacation.
  • When you are ill or having a troublesome tobacco-related symptom.
  • When a friend or relative is quitting.

Harder times to quit may include:

  • High-stress times.
  • Times when you feel low or depressed.
  • After a serious loss or difficult life change, such as the death of someone close or a stressful move.

If your life is hectic, you may feel that there will never be a good time to quit. In that case, pick a time to quit. Then do what you can to make your life less stressful or busy than it usually is. Be aware that if you wait for a "perfect" time to quit, you may keep putting off the decision for years.

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Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health