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Steps to Help You Quit Smoking

QuitAdvisorMD’s patient site is meant to help smokers understand the process of quitting smoking better and to provide resources to help them. When trying to quit smoking or make other healthy changes in your life, your path to change usually includes several steps along the way. The QuitAdvisorMD patient site is organized to help you with appropriate information organized by where you are in the process.

Taking Action

The fourth stage of change is called "Action," because you are now taking action on quitting smoking. For smokers with a desire to quit, Action begins on the first smoke-free day, your quit date. When you are in the action stage, you are very aware of the behavior you're changing, and many people describe this as a struggle—one that they're aware of hour to hour or minute to minute. However, this struggling feeling doesn't last forever—it usually goes on for about 8-12 weeks and feels pretty resolved by about 6 months.

If you follow up with your doctor, you increase your chances of successfully quitting! Follow up with your doctor one week and one month after quitting to discuss medications, side-effects, how it's going, and to troubleshoot any potential setbacks.

Your doctor may have prescribed medication to help you quit smoking; learn more about medications at About Medications.

If you've keep it up, you'll move to the next stage, Maintaining My Success.

Quitline Help

1-800-QUIT-NOW

When you call the quitline, a trained quit coach in your state will work with you to help you quit and avoid the things that tempt you back into the habit.

Helpful Websites

These are websites that contain a lot of helpful information about quitting smoking and tools to help you. Many people find gathering the kind of information found here to be very helpful in their quit attempt.

www.smokefree.gov

This is a good website for you to use on your own to find good information and resources for quitting smoking. It includes links to live helplines and an online step-by-step guide to quitting. This site is free of charge and does not require you to set up an account.
Sponsors: US Government: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health

www.stopsmokingcenter.net

On this website, you can create a free account that allows you to tailor your own online support program to your specific needs and track your progress in quitting smoking. It includes a helpful handbook that can be downloaded for free, as well as access to online support chat groups.
Sponsor: Evolution Health Systems, Inc.

www.ffsonline.org

This website offers detailed online modules/workbooks to support you through the entire process of quitting, from thinking about quitting, to making a plan, to staying smoke-free. This is a good site for you if you want a more thorough home-help program. This site requires you to create a free account.
Sponsor: American Lung Association

Follow Up!

Remember, if you follow up with your doctor, you increase your chances of successfully quitting! Follow up with your doctor one week and one month after quitting to discuss medications, side-effects, how it's going, and to troubleshoot any potential setbacks.

QuitAdvisorMD.com has been developed by Silverchair and the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine
with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. ©2009 Silverchair. All rights reserved.