Some unsuccessful attempts to quit smoking result from picking a bad
time. If your life is hectic, you may feel there will never be a good time to
quit. In that case, pick a time to quit, and do what you can to make your life
less stressful or busy than it usually is. Be aware that if you wait for a
"perfect" time to quit, you may end up putting off the decision for
If you are thinking of quitting today, while you are motivated, that may be best.
Anytime that you can focus your energy and attention on your goal of
quitting smoking is a good time to quit. Also, certain days may be good
choices for your first smoke-free day. Consider quitting:
On New Year's Day.
On the American
Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke-Out" on the Thursday before
Thanksgiving. This event is widely publicized, so you will probably see
information and support in the media.
On a special day that has meaning to a friend or family
member who wants you to quit.
When you are ill or having a
troublesome smoking-related symptom.
On the first day of a
When a friend or relative is quitting.
Bad times to quit include:
Times when you
feel low or depressed.
Periods in which you have little contact
with friends or family. But if those friends or family members smoke or if you
are usually around people who smoke, a good time to quit might be a period of
time when you are away from them.
Just before a holiday. (Holidays
require a lot of energy and may provide more temptations than other times of
Right after a serious loss or difficult life change (the death of
someone close, a stressful move). But if the life change is seen as progress
toward a better future, it might be a good time to quit. For example,
immediately following a divorce may be a bad time or a very good time to quit,
depending on your attitude toward this life change.