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Quit smoking: Put your reasons on paper

Updated: 04-15-2011

Consider what you don't like about smoking and why you want to quit smoking. Are you worried about health consequences, such as lung cancer and heart disease? Do you want to feel better? Set a good example for your kids? Rid yourself of that lingering smoke smell on your hair, skin and clothes? Write it all down and carry the list with you. Each time you pick up a cigarette or other tobaccco product, or want to, read your list and remind yourself why you want to quit smoking.