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Tracking your smoking can be helpful both while you prepare to quit and
after you quit. Use it to record
information about your smoking behavior, such as:
Start tracking your smoking before your quit date, if possible. Make entries
for at least 7 days (one full week). Record:
Take a look at your weeks' worth of notes, and identify when or where you will be most likely to relapse. Think about whether you can avoid these
situations. If you cannot avoid them, make a plan of action that lists what you
will do instead of smoking when you find yourself in those situations. Add this
action plan to your tracker.
After your quit date, record:
Tracking doesn't have to be difficult or complex. Here's a sample
of what a smoking tracker might look like for someone who is preparing to
If you prefer to track electronically, try a free stop-smoking app, such as the National Cancer Institute's QuitPal. These apps allow you to track your progress and share your successes on social-networking sites. They also let your friends and family record inspiring video messages that you can play when you are having a hard time with cravings or stress.
August 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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