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Building motivation

We all have off days or times when we revert back to our usual habits. The good thing? Each time you try again, you're much stronger than before and closer to being quit for good.

Good on you for giving quitting another go.

If you haven’t tried this before, one way to power up before the next quitting attempt is to be really clear about your reasons for quitting.

It might seem obvious, but if you find the one reason for quitting, that thing that really tugs at your heart, it can be the difference during the tough times. 

Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. 

On one side write down what you like about smoking? Are there any good things about it?

On the other side, list what the bad things are about smoking? You might consider health, kids, money or just the fact that you feel hassled by smoking. Everyone, of course, has their own personal reasons. 

The more specific you can be the better. 

Now step back for a moment and compare both sides. How does it weigh up? You’ve likely generated a lot of good reasons for quitting! 

Some questions to consider:

  • What really concerns you about smoking?
  • Do you have future goals that could be impacted by continuing to smoke?
  • Are there any other ways you can get what you need without smokes? E.g. if time-out is important to you, can you get your time out in a different way? How do nonsmokers take time out? 
  • On a scale of 0 to 10, how important it is for you to quit smoking? (A score of 0 means not important, and 10 means extremely important). What’s your number? Why is it not zero? What could you change to make it higher?

Quitline can discuss the questions above to help you find your own reasons to quit. If you'd prefer, you can request a Quitline callback. 

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