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    Jefferson County Public Health Tobacco Prevention Program


    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    JCPH Tobacco Prevention Initiative Supervisor

    Donna Viverette

  • Six Days Before Quit Date


    Action Step

    Continue to “break up” your smoking pattern and assess if you might benefit from nicotine replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical aid.

    Do something that works to break up or “rewire” your pattern of smoking. Here are some examples:

    • Switch to another brand of cigarette. You can change altogether or alternate your usual brand with one that you like less.
    • Change the location where you typically smoke. If you smoke outside on your front porch, try smoking in the backyard.
    • Rather than keeping cigarettes with you all the time, find a place to put them so you have to make an effort to get them (e.g., in the glove compartment of your vehicle).
    • Switch the times smoke - if you smoke before getting in the shower in the morning, smoke afterwards instead.
    • Find a place where you usually smoke, and make smoking “off-limits” there - like the living room or kitchen.
    • Using pharmaceutical helpAs you begin making changes, you may want to consider if pharmaceutical help may be right for you. There are many new options for nicotine replacement that are available without a prescription. There are also medications that your healthcare provider can prescribe. For a list of options and help with assessing whether the resources may help you, see Colorado QuitLine. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.


    Resources for Quitting

    Get inspired to add physical activity into your day; view the CDC's Physical Activity Guide View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. for information about the benefits of physical activity, which includes plenty of ideas for incorporating simple actions that can reduce stress, improve health and help you feel much better.

    Gaining Insight

    Today’s insight is about “wanting to quit” versus “being prepared/ready to quit.” Looking at the scale below, select a number that best represents how you feel about wanting to quit:

    1. Don’t want to at all
    2. Want to, but not now
    3. Want to, but have some concerns
    4. Really want to quit
    5. Ready to GO!


    The good news is that your desire (wanting) to quit or change may come and go,  and you can still make the change. Think about it: there are times you do things you don’t really want to do right now, because you know that there will be a pay off that makes it worthwhile. So, “wanting” to quit is not the key ingredient to being successful; willingness to move forward may be the key!

    Now, imagine you are one point higher on the scale. For example, if you are a three right now, what does a four look like? How would you know you were a four, rather than a three? What are you doing, thinking, experiencing at the four that lets you know you have progressed from a three? (For example, if you know that at a four you have let others know you are planning to make a change, this may be the next step to help you be ready). Wanting to quit is a start, but it doesn’t get you across the finish line.

    Last Updated: 4-24-2013