Your Plan to Quit

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2016

If you are going to stop using tobacco, having a plan will improve your chances of reaching your goal. A plan will answer the following questions:

  • Do I want to quit?

  • How soon can I quit?

  • What is stopping me from quitting?

  • What scares me about quitting?

  • (If you have tried to quit before.) What made me start smoking again? What can I change this time to quit for good?

  • How can I work with my doctor and other health care team members to create a good plan that will help me quit?

When you collaborate with a health care team member on your plan to quit, you can take the following steps to improve your chances of reaching your goal:

  • Talk with your doctor, nurse, or other health care professional about stopping tobacco use and ask for support

  • Call a quitline

  • Enroll in an online program for stopping tobacco use

  • Ask to meet with a tobacco cessation specialist

  • Ask about medications that can help you stop using tobacco

  • Ask for help identifying and managing situations that make you want to use tobacco

More Information

How to Quit Smoking and Using Tobacco

Resources to Help You Quit