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The first step can be the hardest—making the decision to quit. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to start your quit journey. The more prepared you are, the more successful you will be.

You can quit. Believe it. We are here to help by connecting you with one of our expert Quit Coaches to help you set up your very own quit plan. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or sign up online.

Make a Quit Plan. We Will Help.

  1. Get help to get started. Enroll in Quit With Us, Louisiana services by registering online, calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or by texting “READY” to 34191 to get connected to your very own Quit Coach. They will help you every step of the way and get you prepared for your quit journey.
  2. Set your quit date. Pick a day within the next couple of weeks that’s not stressful. Rather than wait for a special occasion, you can quit at the start of a week on a Monday. Before your quit day, write down all the reasons why you want to quit.
  3. Know your triggers and fight your cravings. Pay attention to triggers that make you want to smoke or use tobacco. Is it stress, driving, or having a morning cup of coffee? Write down what you will do instead of smoking or using tobacco when these triggers come up. You can take a walk or call a friend—whatever works best for you! Plan how to keep your hands and mouth busy. Have a pack of gum or hard candy ready. Get a new water bottle to take a sip when you get an urge.
  4. Set yourself up for success. Let your family and friends know you are quitting so they can be supportive. The day before you quit, clean the places and spaces where you spend your time. Throw away your cigarettes, cigars, dip cans, vapes, lighters, matches and ashtrays.

Everyone Has a Quit Story.

Let’s begin yours. In these quit stories, you will find successes and struggles, ups and downs, starts and restarts. You will also find what works for some, might not work for you. Read a few to get a feel for what will work best for you and read these stories to give you strength when you need it.

Stories from Quitters

Tips from Former Smokers

Discover more stories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inspire you to quit tobacco for good.