How Ready Are You to Quit? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in learning, quit smoking

The 3 Week Diet

Quitting smoking today is one big tough challenge, but an achievable one. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been smoking or how many cigarettes you smoke per day – what matters most is that you’re willing to take the risk. Answer these five questions and know whether today is the best day for you to quit.

Smoking is a highly addictive habit. There’s no wonder why majority of those who attempt to quit fail in the end. After several days, weeks and months of not smoking, they’ll become overwhelmed by the cravings causing them to light up again. Never blame it on yourself but to the nicotine that your tobacco contains. Without this addictive substance, you’ll know right from the start that you’re sniffing some junk.

For this reason, experts recommend being physically and mentally prepared before starting to quit. Maybe you’ve been moved by an article you read on the web about the benefits of quitting smoking. Maybe your partner encouraged you to stop smoking now, or maybe it just came into your mind. Easy as it may seem, quitting smoking can put you in the losing end so NEVER start to quit without being a hundred percent sure you’re ready. Studies show that people who quit and get back to smoking after some time are more likely to increase their tobacco use.

How do you know you’re ready? Answer these five questions please.

 1.       Why in the first place do you want to quit?

If someone is forcing you to quit smoking today, you’re less likely to succeed. To be able to kick off this habit from your life, you need to have an internal motivation. The reason or reasons for quitting smoking should have something to do with ‘you’ and not with ‘them’. Answering this question is one critical step towards a successful smoking cessation.

 2.       What are the health risks of smoking that you know?


Quick – identify as many illnesses related to quit smoking. If you only know lung cancer and heart disease, you’re way too far from quitting smoking. There have been numerous studies that link smoking to a huge number of diseases including sterility, mental disorder, pneumonia, asthma, breast, pharyngeal and other types of cancer, and so on. Try searching on Google for some graphical images of what actually happen to your body every time you smoke. One study reveals that by looking into such images, a person becomes more motivated and persuaded to quit smoking.


 3.       Do you believe that the positive effects of smoking are far too little as compared to its negative effects?

Maybe you’re lighting up because you feel so stressed and pressured at work. Smoking gives us some source of pleasure (that’s how nicotine works). It stimulates the brain to produce a chemical called ‘dopamine’ which is linked to feeling of goodness. That’s all you’ll have with smoking – pleasure. But why is it that many non-smokers are happy and have high sense of wellbeing than smokers? If smoking really gives you happiness, you shouldn’t even be bothering reading this. Aren’t you?


 4.       What if plan A doesn’t work, do you have plan B?

It’s important that you know in what way you are going to quit. Will you use some smoking cessation drugs? Will you quit cold turkey? Now what if your strategy doesn’t work? Alongside your personal way to quit, having a robust support system in the background will greatly help you quit especially during the times you feel you can’t do it anymore.

 5.       Are you really serious to quit?

Once you have answered the questions above, you’re almost ready to stop smoking today. But remember; only those who are really serious to take away this habit off their life succeed in the end.

Good luck. Believe you can do it!


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