A Quit Kit is an emergency stash of crave-busters that you put together in advance, ready to open in a time of need. Many people build their Quit Kits to address the “5 D’s” of working through a crave: delay, distract, drink water, deep breaths, and discuss.
Quitting smoking in a household where others smoke can be a challenge. Thankfully, we’ve seen on QuitNet that many people have still found success, despite cigarettes still being nearby. Many QuitNet members (and our online coaches, Vikki C. and Bette A.) have shared their advice over the years. Here are some of our favorites.
If you’re a member of QuitNet, you’ll be familiar with Michael G. and Jenny G., the husband-and-wife duo responsible for the Eye Opener Pledge each morning. What you may not know is that these two have a long history of working alongside each other: first as high school students in the local grocery store, and many years later as they quit smoking together! In our brief interview, we learned more about what brought these two together, how they quit smoking, and the story behind the Eye Opener Pledge you see each day.
If you’re early in your quit, you may someday find yourself in the midst of the proverbial “No Man’s Land.” Roughly marked as the period between the first and fourth months, many say this can be one of the most challenging times. As the thrill of making it past the first weeks ends, the support from family and friends may also wane. Yet some still experience cravings now and again, which can feel frustrating and defeating. Is there a way out of No Man’s Land?
Sometimes we all need a little nudge to make a significant life change. For many smokers, the Great American Smokeout is just that: a day full of encouragement and support to become smoke-free for good. The Great American Smokeout, hosted by the American Cancer Society, is an opportunity to commit to a tobacco-free life, by starting with just one day.