Today is the 35th Great American Smokeout. Make a plan to quit, or help someone you know give up tobacco for 24 hours.
Even if you’ve quit a hundred times before, the Great American Smokeout is the perfect time to make a renewed effort. If you don’t feel ready to give up cigarettes for good, try going tobacco-free for 24 hours and see how you feel. You might be surprised at how much easier it is this time around. In preparation for the day, ask a friend or family member to hide or dispose of your cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and matches. Plan a day full of activities that don’t trigger a cigarette craving. Try to keep yourself busy, but don’t do anything too stressful. Ask a friend who supports your cause to be on call in case of emergencies. Promise them that you will call them first if you have a craving. If you don’t smoke but know someone who does, reach out today and offer to “adopt” them and be their first responder during the day.