Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health. BecomeAnEX and the EX Community can help you succeed whether you are ready to stop now, or if you plan to be smoke-free in the future.
No matter why you started, how long you have been smoking, or why you’re here, EX is here to help you create your quitting journey. Your plan is different from anyone else’s. Your triggers are unique to you, and you are in the best position to figure out the best ways to handle each type of craving. There are many tools available here to help you develop your own personalized plan to quit, including the My EX Plan page, and the EX Community.
How do I quit smoking?
Imagine quitting smoking successfully is like going on a hike after you’ve done some training, wearing the right clothing, using the best equipment, and having up-to-date maps to follow. While it is possible to enjoy your hike using only two or three of those things, you’ll be more successful if you use all four to support your quit. Each of these aspects is a strategy:
Know your smoking patterns
Become more aware of when, and why, you smoke. What are the specific activities, situations, feelings, and times of day that you smoke? The more you know about your own patterns, the easier it will be to make a plan to change them.
Use new tools
Develop your own personal strategies for new ways to think and act that help overcome the “hold” that smoking has on your life.
Decide which medications (or whether not to use them at all)
Using FDA-approved quitting medications (like nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges) can definitely make it easier to quit, but it can be a very personal choice. Make sure you use the best type of medication for cigarette smokers, take into account how much of different types of tobacco you use, and use all your past quit attempts to decide what has worked and what hasn’t.
Learn more about the different types of medications that are available, and once you decide which one you want to use, select it using our interactive tool.
Get the right support for you
Connecting with the right support to quit and stay quit can often make or break a quit attempt. Your personal network may have people who will be very supportive, and people who will be less supportive – it is important to figure that out.
The EX Community is filled with thousands of current and former smokers (real people!) who are there to pat you on the back, and give you a hand when you need it. The experts at the Mayo Clinic can answer your questions and have useful advice in their regular blog posts.
How have other people quit smoking cigarettes?
Members of our EX Community have used exactly these tools to help them quit successfully. They’ve also gotten pretty creative with their strategies to beat cravings!
- Read the best advice from real smokers about their strategies
- Getting ready for quit day
- Day 1 strategies to stay busy
- Getting back in the groove after a slip
- Need a distraction? Try these laughs…
- …or a game with friends
- See how these people incorporate exercise into their quit
What should I do next to quit smoking?
- Track your cigarettes. Use this tool to figure out when and why you smoke.
- Beat your triggers. Once you know what causes your cravings, figure out strategies to beat them.
- Build your support team. Who are the people in your life who can help you quit and stay quit?
- Visit the EX Community. The EX Community is available 24/7 to provide any kind of support you can imagine—tough love, warm reassurance, quick pointers, answers to your burning questions, and plenty of celebrations.