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Quit Kit--Your Tool For a Successful Quit


IMG 6898 Homemade resized 600Perhaps you have heard of first aid kits or survival kits, or even travel kits. But have you ever heard of a “quit kit"?  Being prepared—whether for travel, medical emergencies, quitting smoking or otherwise—is essential for getting you through tough situations.  A quit kit can serve as a tangible reminder of your commitment to a tobacco-free lifestyle.   It can be particuarly helpful in the early weeks of quitting when cravings are toughest. In other words, before you turn to light up, turn to your quit kit.  It should be filled with useful things that help you stay quit.

Here are some ideas to get you started on putting together your own personal quit quit:

Step 1:  Obtain a container(s).  Some useful sized quit kit containers might include:  an empty mint tin, index card box, tea box, shoe box or paper box.  Size doesn’t matter as long as it’s something easily accessible to you.  You might even consider emptying the entire contents of a desk drawer or bedside table drawer and devote that space as your “quit kit.”

Step 2:  Decorate your quit kit.  This is the fun part!  Decorating your quit kit with slogans, stickers, drawings or photos, cutouts from magazines, comics, etc. adds not only a personal touch to your quit kit but adds meaning.   A photo of a loved one, a mantra like “One day at a time” just might be all it takes to help you stay motivated in your quit even before opening your kit and making use of what’s inside.

Step 3:  Fill your quit kit.  Think about what might be most helpful to you.  Need an oral substitute?  Fill your quit kit with toothpicks, straws, sugar-free candies, gum, sunflower seeds, bottled water or a toothbrush.  Need something to keep your hands busy?  How about rubber bands, a worry stone, play-doh, dice, coins, or a stress ball.  Looking for support?  Write down some positive affirmations on index cards, write out your reasons for quitting, or keep a list of phone number of friends and family members you can call.  Print inspirational profiles, Qmails and testimonials of QuitNet members and look them over when you need a lift.  Keep a journal in your quit kit. Record your quit journey—the ups and downs.     

Step 4:  Put your quit kit where you need it most.  Maybe it’s someplace highly visible like on your kitchen table.  Or maybe it’s in your car glove box or a desk drawer at work.  Make multiple quit kits designated for different triggers—keep one on your beside table, beside your computer desk, or carry one in your briefcase, purse, or backpack. 

You don't have to follow all of these steps or incorporate all of the suggested items into your quit quit. But do make sure that your “quit kit" works for you.  Take the time and effort now to prepare for any potential challenges you may face in your quit.  You may find you never have a need for your quit kit, but it will be there just in case….


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sounds quit kit has been prepared and I would like to share with you what is in mine. 
Tooth picks 
plastic chew toy 
nicotine gum (for desperate measures) 
regualar gum 
a note pad and pen 
20 dollar bill.
Posted @ Friday, August 31, 2012 1:55 PM by deidre barore
My Quit Goodie Bag includes: 
A note card of my Quit reasons 
pictures of those I love 
my favorite parfum 
Now or Later candy 
Serenity Prayer 
Posted @ Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:14 AM by Nicole
I hadn't seen this and it's a month later now. but what I had done was taken all the large glass ashtrays that I had, washed real good, added wrapped candies, cut up straws, tiny mouth spray things, stuff like this to the ashtrays and kept them in the same various spots around the house. Including where I kept them in my car. Saved an old smoke pack, put the straws in it, keep it in the car and I do use them. Have noticed that sometimes it's not about it being in my mouth, that often it's about holding it in my hand.
Posted @ Friday, September 21, 2012 11:03 PM by Linda
I am presently gathering my Quit kit together. So far I have straws, Sunflower Seeds, Nicotine gum, reg. sugar free gum, Sugar Free hard candy & tomorrow will try & find a stress ball. 
Next step is to get into the correct/ positive frame of mind & determination because I enjoy smoking & I'm home bound due to physical disabilities & live alone with my 3 pets. 
I will start on my Nicotine patches when they arrive. 
Prior to, I will rid my house of ashtrays, cigarettes, lighters & matches. 
Posted @ Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:37 PM by Debbie Panter
Keep up the plan Debbie, it's worth it and I never thought I would be the one to say that!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 02, 2012 8:28 PM by Linda
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