Before You Quit Smoking & Vaping

Before you start the process of quitting, there are things that you can do in advance that will help you successfully quit smoking and vaping for good.

Prepare Yourself For Quitting

  • Start by making a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking or vaping. This can help you stay motivated and focused on your goal to quit. QUIT TOOL
  • Tell friends and family about your plan to quit so they can help support your efforts.
  • Have your tried quitting before? Try to understand the reasons why you were not successful. QUIT TOOL
  • Know your smoking or vaping triggers. QUIT TOOL
  • Cravings are the longest lasting withdrawal symptom. Plan to deal with cravings with our Tips Card.
  • Take note of when you smoke or vape and what routines, friends, and situations contribute to your smoking and vaping. Are you ready to make some changes?
  • Still on the fence? Call the Maine QuitLink at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. They can help you determine if you are really ready and when the best time for you to quit is.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

If you have smoked or vaped regularly and suddenly stop, you may have withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of nicotine in your body. Some things you may experience:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Increased appetite
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Depressed mood
  • Restlessness
  • Anger, hostility, aggression
  • Thinking and attention problems

Thing to Keep in Mind

  • Withdrawal symptoms are usually the worst 2-3 days after your last tobacco use
  • Symptoms are both mental and physical
  • Nicotine replacements can help
  • Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns

Quit Your Way

No matter what your quit journey looks like, we have the tools to support you. When you’re ready to quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use, choose the option that’s right for you.

Phone Coaching

Free 1-on-1 coaching with a certified Quit Coach to create a customized Quit Plan. People who enroll are 2X more likely to quit and using free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) triples your chances.

  • 12 weeks of FREE gum, patches, or lozenges
  • Talk to a certified Quit Coach
  • Unlimited support

Online Tools for Quitting

Free online resources with the ability to choose which tools will work best for you. The online dashboard is available 24/7 giving you the flexibility to quit at your own pace. Explore the variety of online tools offered and customize your quit plan.

  • FREE 4-week starter kit of patch, gum, or lozenges
  • Text messaging support
  • Chat online with a coach