It can be very difficult to quit smoking—that's why so many people try over and over to make smoking cessation stick. But many quit smoking success stories come from those who have taken the process step-by-step, made firm and clear goals, and started over if they slipped during their smoking cessation program.
There are two key elements that can help you kick the habit for good: First, get inspired. And then formulate a plan, one that you can stick to even when the going gets tough.
"Quitting smoking is easy," Mark Twain once said. "I've done it a thousand times."
How many times have you tried to put down the pack, only to pick it up again? Rest assured that you're not alone. Smoking cessation is a process, not a one-time event.
How do you do it? This six-week plan has worked for others, and it can work for you, too:
If you have tried to quit again and again and you just can't seem to stick with the program, remember something George Sanayana pointed out: "Habit is stronger than reason." Your reasonable desire to quit smoking eventually takes precedence, but patience with yourself is key.
About our Savvy Advisor: Shannon Dauphine
Shannon Dauphin was diagnosed with diabetes over a decade ago. Since then she has married a fellow diabetic and together, they learned how to deal with glucose readings, insulin, and healthy diets. Shannon is a featured contributor to the "Diabetes: Developing a Support Network" series which explores the concept that healthier lives result from connections with people you can trust.