Questions to Think About

Questions to Think About

To quit successfully, there are several important things to keep in mind. First, you want to understand your personal motivators—what is it that really makes you want to quit smoking. Second, you should think about your strategy for overcoming challenges (like dealing with cravings to smoke) that you may face while you are quitting, and where you can get help if you need it. Finally, you will benefit from having a solid plan that you feel confident you can stick to.

But before you create your plan, it's important to ask yourself a few questions that may be difficult to answer. Looking at and understanding your answers to these questions is the first step in beginning your quitting process.

As you prepare to quit, think about the questions below. Print this worksheet, fill it out and put it in a place in your house where it will be easily seen, like on the refrigerator or next to your bed. These will serve as reminders of taking that first step.

  1. Why do you want to quit? List all of the reasons you can think of: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  2. If you’ve tried to quit before, what helped and what didn't? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  3. After you quit, what do you think the most difficult situations will be for you to get through? How do you plan to deal with these situations? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  4. Who can you rely on to help get you through the quitting process? (List names of friends, family, healthcare provider, etc. that you can turn to for help.) ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
  5. What are the pleasures you got out of smoking? When you quit, where can you find new sources of pleasure? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________

Your doctor or other health care provider can be a valuable partner in your goal to quit. As part of your preparation, consult your doctor and share this questionnaire with him or her. How you answered the questions above can be an important guideline in the types of treatment or support your doctor may recommend. Keep the following questions in mind during your discussion with your doctor:

  1. How can you help me to quit successfully?
  2. What nicotine replacement therapies could I take to help me quit? Learn more about types of nicotine replacement therapy
  3. What types of quit smoking programs are available and where can I get more help? Learn more about quit smoking programs

Smoking Fact

Smokers have a lower survival rate after surgery compared to that of nonsmokers, and are at greater risk for complications following surgery.