We're a society that doesn't like quitters -- not in sports, not in school, not in wing-eating contests. So it's against our nature to give up something that we've started. But when it comes to cigarettes, you want to be a quitter, because you want back at least 7 of the 8 years that pumping smoke down your airways has stolen.
This plan will help you get those years back. We've seen it work over and over, so we know it can work for YOU. Skeptical? Here's what other doubters ask and how we turn them into former smokers.
Q: I'm ready to quit now, but your plan says hold off for 30 days. Isn't sooner better than later?
A: Not so fast, speedy. You first need to do a little prep work to make sure you reach your goal. Before you actually stop smoking, you have to establish a new habit -- walking 30 minutes a day, every day -- in its place. And that takes 30 days. A month of walking not only increases your stamina but also establishes the psychological discipline that will help you stick with our plan. You also need to find a quitting buddy -- someone you can call or e-mail every day for support.
Q: I was hoping to kick this habit on my own. Can I do the program without a buddy?
A: While we admire your courage for wanting to go it alone, we know from experience that everyone needs to be encouraged by someone. And your buddy is that someone. With support, you're more likely to make a permanent change. But you shouldn't be the only one relying on other people; try to find an online support partner who needs you as much as you need him or her.
Q: Why are you pushing patches and pills? I really don't want to replace one "drug" with other ones.
A: You may be strong, but cigarette cravings are like the Incredible Hulk: They come on fast and furious. And the odds are against you if you try to quit "cold turkey." Only 2% of smokers who go this route successfully stop the first time. Using nicotine patches doubles the success rate to 4%. But combine that patch with anticraving pills, walking, and calling a buddy every day and it jumps to 60%. And we've seen even higher rates with our patients. Besides, keep in mind that you won't use these meds forever.
Q: Tell me the truth, doc -- will this really work? I've tried, unsuccessfully, to quit several times before.
A: Breaking the nicotine habit is a tough battle. One of the toughest parts is that cigarettes are both physiologically and psychologically addictive. The YOU program tames both yearnings. You ease the physiological cravings with patches and pills, and you are freed from the psychological urge to smoke by walking and developing a support system that will keep you away from cigarettes for good.
Make the transition from being a smoker to LIVING FREE.