Choose a quit date
Tips for choosing a date that works for you:
- Pick a date that’s soon, but not too soon. We recommend choosing a quit date within the next two weeks. You’ll be better prepared if you give yourself some time to prepare, but not enough time to change your mind and back out.
Pick a date with fewer triggers. Try choosing a date that’s part of your regular routine with little stress at work or at home. Choosing a date that’s during a vacation or celebrations like birthdays can actually be harder, because they can be major triggers to smoke.
- Give yourself time to get your quit smoking aids. If you're interested in using NRT, visit your local pharmacy and ask about a free supply through the BC Smoking Cessation Program. If you're interested in prescription medications (Champix® or Zyban®) plan to see your doctor at least 2 weeks before your quit date to give the medications time to kick in. Read more about medications.