How To Quit Smoking Quitting smoking helps an addict to feel better in nearly every capacity. Smells and tastes are refined. Once you quit, your breathe smells better. You no longer have a cough. No matter your age or gender you can enjoy the benefits of being disease-free and healthy. Most importantly are the long-term benefits associated with quitting smoking. The risk of lung cancer, respiratory diseases, heart disease, strokes, and other cancers is greatly reduced once you quit smoking. People who quit smoking also enjoy fewer sick days, fewer health complaints, and fewer cases of reoccurring pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. Another benefit to quitting smoking is the cost savings. By quitting you can save an average of five dollars per pack, equal to over thirty dollars per week for many addicts, which totals to almost seventeen hundred dollars per year. When you have decided to quit smoking you should first prepare yourself. There are things you should do when you make that important decision. The day you decide to quit is a big deal and should be treated as such. There are different things you should do on the day you decide to quit. Finally, there are things which can be done to help you quit in the long term. When you are preparing to quit smoking you should do the following: Set your quit date. Seek a friend or family member whom you trust to plan to quit with you if possible. The more support you have, the better your chances of really quitting. Take time to note when you smoke during the day and why. Perhaps you smoke when you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Perhaps you smoke when you are in the car because you are bored. It is important to write down the activities you do daily which involve smoking and note why you smoke. Begin to disrupt your habit. Since smoking is habitual, doing little things such as moving your cigarettes to a new location can help you take the first steps. You can also start smoking with your opposite hand. Alleviate any other activities in conjunction with smoking and only smoke alone. During these moments take time to consider how you feel when you are smoking. Designate certain areas to smoking such as outdoors or in your car and begin only smoking in those places. When you begin craving a cigarette, set a timer for five minutes before you smoke. Try to substitute other things such as drinking water or chewing gum to train your mind to associate something other than smoking with those feelings. Buy single packs of cigarettes at a time instead of multiple packs and try smoking a brand you do not like.