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Rather than viewing this time as a loss of friends and loved ones whom you may associate with smoking, this can be a great opportunity to focus on relationships with those who support you in your desire to be healthier. Contact those individuals whom you know will provide you with the most positive influences and make plans to spend time together, or at least put them on standby when you need someone to talk you through a craving.

“When I first quit smoking, I spent a lot of time in places and with people where smoking wasn’t an option,” says Dennis. “My son would never let me smoke around my grandchildren, and I used to find myself avoiding spending time with the grandkids because of it. Once I wasn’t smoking, I discovered how rewarding it was to be around those kids and it really encouraged me to keep going.”

One challenge you might face is that someone you expected to be supportive may have trouble with your attempt to quit. This is especially true if your spouse or best friend is a smoker and isn’t ready to quit. In those instances, you’ll have to be extra vigilant about your own smoking, while remembering their lack of support doesn’t mean a lack of love. They may simply not be ready to face their own addiction and seeing you quit can be difficult for them.

Remember that your support system is there to help you when you relapse. You may feel bad for disappointing friends and loved ones if you slip and have a cigarette. So, remind your circle that you need their encouragement even if you have a momentary lapse; you need them to help you persevere. Be honest with them about your struggles, and they’ll remind you of your reasons for quitting, and help you get back on track. Just as you wouldn’t quit running a marathon if you had to stop to catch your breath, quitting smoking is not an all-or-nothing proposition either.

Stay Positive

One of the most delightful things about quitting smoking is that, unlike many other goals, it’s not focused on a finish line that you have to reach. You already realize your goal of being a non-smoker as soon as you put out your last cigarette. Your challenge in quitting smoking is merely to maintain what you have already done. That may sound easier said than done, but you are already achieving it. Each day you live without smoking is a victory and is worthy of recognition as an accomplishment in its own right.

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SeanDjoueur

Hi, I been trying to quit smoke for so many time, I actually stop smoking for almost 25 Days during last Christmas, I thought I can achieve my last year goal to quit smoking. But too bad that in event of rushing my company year end project, I meet the ruiner, make me no choice to join them to smoke and move alone in order to get the project complete. I feel so bad that asking myself "why I can't stand firm and say no to smoke". I didn't give up, I plan to start over again on this coming 16 June 2013, which is my Register of Marriage. I will take this as a new start and I believe I can make it this time, wish me luck, your support will be very helpful and supportive to me. Thanks. :)

shortbread55

Today is my quit date set a couple of weeks ago. I've planned for it, but have had a hard time sticking to my plan the last week, so I don't really feel as prepared for today as I'd like to be, but I'm going for it today anyway. I look at it this way: "If not now, then when?" I've put up affirmation signs like that to encourage myself and I appreciate this help here and would like some friends to support me.

CherylDawn

I find this article to be very positive and it has some very helpful suggestions - things that are common sense that I never had thought of. I am a smoker of 36 years and really know I need to quit, and almost want to quit completely. With suggestions from this article I believe that it may be a bit easier or at least tolerable to quit. I have printed this article to share with my husband who also wants to quit, he and I both have tried and failed in the past to quit. Once again, I apprieciate the positive nature of this piece and will utilize its suggestions when I quit, which will be sooner than later. Thank you for providing this service.