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Once you’ve made the decision to quit smoking, it is important to make a public commitment.

This lets others around you know that you are going to do it, and helps you to become more determined.

“I think that I finally made the decision that I’m going to quit smoking.”

“That would be great.”

Talk to a friend, family member or coworker about your decision to quit and ask them to support you in your effort.

Next, decide if you want to gradually taper off the amount of cigarettes you smoke, or if you want to quit all at once.

Quitting cold turkey can work for some people; however, many find it too difficult to stick with and have more success tapering off.

Plan whether or not you’ll try to quit on your own, with a friend, or with a group. Each has its benefits. Talk to your healthcare provider about which way is best for you.

"My girlfriend and I had also decided to quit smoking together so through that, the whole group we hang around knew that we were trying to quit smoking. It was a little bit easier that way."

Ask your healthcare provider or local hospital for referrals to support groups, or smoking cessation specialists in your area.

The American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society also have a lot of information. Check out their websites or call your local chapter.

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