Tips for Quitting

When you feel that you are ready to stop smoking, here are some tips for success:

  • Identify why you want to quit smoking. List the reasons and read these daily, adding to the list as needed.
  • Set a date when you plan to quit and write it down.
  • Know your smoking triggers. Being aware of what causes you to want to smoke can help you avoid these activities. When possible, avoid situations that you relate to smoking.
  • Drink plenty of water, which will help flush the toxins from your body.
  • When you have an urge to smoke, wait two to three minutes. The urge will eventually go away.
  • Exercise. Consider taking a walk, go to the gym or swim. Exercise helps to relieve tension and stress.
  • Stay postive. You can do this!
  • If you don't make it this time and smoke, don't give up. Try again.

Support for those trying to quit smoking is available in a number of ways.

Maury Regional Medical Center

931.381.1111, extension 1347

Tennessee Quit Line

1.800.QUIT NOW


American Lung Association



American Cancer Society



Download an app for your smartphone. Search for Smoking Cessation in the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Androids/PC).