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Don’t let snap New Year’s resolutions spoil your chance of quitting successfully


Although Quit loves to hear people making the commitment to quit on New Year's eve, it's advising people to hold off until a couple of weeks into 2011 before quitting.

New Year's Day is one of the most popular times to quit smoking, but it is also one of the hardest.

Manager of Quit Support Programs, Luke Atkin, said smokers would make it easier for themselves and likely have a greater chance of success if they set their quit date for mid-January.

"With all the festivities and, sometimes, stress of the holiday season, many quitters will find it hard to stay quit if they give up cigarettes on January 1st. Additionally, if they're unsuccessful, it can lead to a sense of disappointment and lack of motivation to try again."

"What we're saying to quitters is go easy on yourself. Wait until things have died down and you've had a chance to prepare for your quit attempt, and then quit. This will give you the best chance of success."

January is one of the most popular time for smokers to quit, with calls to the Victorian Quitline up 32% in January 2010 compared to December 2009.

"Resolving to quit over the New Year's period, but setting your quit date for mid-January, can make the world of difference. Using this extra time to seriously think about how you will handle cravings and situations where you would usually smoke will increase your chances of successfully giving up for good."

"Services such as the Quitline or http://www.quit.org.au/ are available to provide free support and guidance so no one ever has to feel on their own as they go smokefree."

Top tips to assist you to quit smoking next month:

  • Log on to http://www.quit.org.au/ and start planning your quit attempt
  • Set your quit date for a time where you won't be under too much pressure
  • If you are quitting at a time when you're still attending social functions, try sticking to non-alcoholic beverages and with non-smoking friends.
  • If you usually smoke when you're stressed, make some plans around what you'll do next time you feel under pressure to prevent you from reaching for a cigarette
  • Try doing things where you cannot easily smoke: go to the movies, try a new restaurant, go swimming.
  • Ring the Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 7848)


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