Giving up tobacco is the single most important thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Even if you do not smoke in their presence, you exhale fine particles of tobacco that cause inflammation.
Day 1 to 6: A Commitment to Quit
Get started by pledging to exercise 30 minutes per day and by making your home a comfortable, safe and smoke-free environment. During this time, you may continue to smoke.
Walk 30 minutes a day and enlist a buddy. This person should be a non-tobacco user or someone else who is trying to quit. Speak to or email this person each day to confirm you've done your walking. When the going gets rough, this person will cheer you on and offer moral support.
Day 6: Go Public
Accountability is a powerful motivator for success. Let your friends and family know that you've made the ultimate commitment to your health.
Sign a pledge, and have your spouse, child or friend co-sign it. This is your public commitment to stop smoking (heck, Twitter or blog your experience to make the quitting that much more public), and your desire not to let others down, will significantly boost your motivation.