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What To Do When the Quit Day Comes

  • Do not smoke. Stop smoking the night before and when you wake up the next morning, you will have an 8-hour head start to being smoke-free!
  • Keep active – try walking, exercising or doing other activities or hobbies.
  • Drink lots of water and juices.
  • Start nicotine replacement therapy (if chosen).
  • Continue attending a smoking cessation class, following a self-help plan and using computer resources. Call your support system or the quitline when you’re tempted.
  • Avoid high-risk situations where the urge to smoke is strong. Sit in non-smoking sections when you go out to eat or frequent smoke-free establishments.
  • Reduce or avoid alcohol and caffeine. Why? Alcohol clouds judgment and can make it easier to slip and smoke. Plus, alcohol may be linked to smoking for some people and it’s important to break this connection.
  • Use the four “A’s”

    Avoid. Certain people and places can tempt you to smoke. Stay away for now. Later on, you’ll be able to cope.

    Alter. Switch to soft drinks or water instead of coffee or alcohol. Take a different route to school or work. Take a walk when you used to take a smoke break!

    Alternatives. Use oral substitutions like sugarless gum, hard candy or sunflower seeds.

    Activities. Exercise or hobbies that keep your hands busy (video games, needlework, woodworking, etc.) can help distract the urge to smoke.

If you’re still having issues with the day of the quit, try talking to some of the people who have quit with the help of Smoke Away. Though we are not saying that this might be the way for you to quit, it is merely a suggestion. If you go to Smoke Away Support, you will be able to talk with both current and past quitters!


Here are some links to some quit smoking counters.

Harrys  Quit Counter

A pack-a-day Greek software designer, on April 21, 2003 Harry went “cold turkey” claiming freedom from nicotine, and on June 6th unveiled his own meter. Graphically themed upon the milestone clubs here at  Freedom, aside from just helping you celebrate all major milestones, users are awarded Green status at one month, their quits are “Bronzed” at 3 months, turn Silver at midyear, and are awarded Gold status at one year.  In addition to tracking standard features such as time quit, cigarettes not smoked, and money and life saved, Harry’s meter offers the unique ability to not only track the quit statistics of others (friends, family, and online favorites) but also to easily copy their latest statistics to your computer’s clipboard (as well as your own) for quick pasting in message board posts and e-mails. With one click you’ll see all the latest milestones of each quitter entered and with another click you can send them an e-mail of “support.” Yes, at last, a meter design to not only foster and celebrate your own achievement, but to interactively support and encouragement the continuing success of those around you!

 Quit Keeper
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Quit Keeper is a free quit meter that tracks various statistics as you quit smoking. Quitting can be a tough process, every little encouragement can make a tremendous difference – thats where Quit Keeper comes in.

With over 40,000 downloads so far, Quit Keeper is rapidly becoming one of the most popular quit meters.

Silk Quit

The current version of SilkQuit calculates the time you have been quit, the total amount of money not spent on your habit, and the time you’ve saved by not smoking. Your quit duration is shown in years, calendar months, weeks, hours, minutes and seconds. By using a configurable hot-key combination you can paste detailed quit information into any document, handy if you’re involved with an online support forum

Quit Time

QuitTime is a Windows quitmeter that shows you how long you’ve been smoke-free, how many cigarettes you haven’t smoked, how much money you’ve saved and how much longer you might live by not smoking


A no smoking calculator written in HyperTalk®, the scripting language of HyperCard. Quitometer can be used as an aid for those who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes. Features include: automatic calculation of years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes from the time of quitting; an ongoing record of the money saved since the time of quitting; can manually be updated. Updates when launched, or when exporting; can save the current information to the clipboard upon quitting for pasting into signature files for posting; can export information to a text file for further record keeping; keeps date and time of exporting within the exported file. Can copy the current readings to the clipboard for posting in groups or put in a signature.


Quitomzilla is a Firefox, Thunderbird and Mozilla Suite extension that aims to help you quit smoking while you surf the web or wait for new emails.

Although Smoke Away does not have it’s own propriatary quit meter, it certainly endorese any efforts made by others to further strenthen your resolve to quit either now or in the new year.

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