If you’re here, it’s likely that you’re thinking about seeing a healthcare provider to discuss quitting smoking. We want to say: that’s great! Congratulations on taking this major step in preparing to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is a difficult task, but advice and support from a healthcare provider that includes counseling and medication can double your chances of quitting smoking.
You may be feeling nervous by the idea of discussing quitting with your doctor. Remember that they’re there to help you, and quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. You can expect that your doctor will ask questions about how much you smoke, how often, and how many times you’ve quit in the past. They may also ask your reasons for quitting and methods you have used to quit before.
The questions your healthcare provider asks can help them determine the smoking cessation treatment that best suits your needs, so it’s important to be honest. The more information you give, the more your doctor will be able to help you start your quit journey. It may help to think about these questions in advance so you can have an effective visit.
It’s important for you to have your own questions handy, too. This is YOUR quit journey: take the time to make sure you’re aware of the process and potential bumps in the road you may face.
Our Doctor Discussion Guide is a resource you can take with you when you’re ready to have that first conversation about quitting smoking with your healthcare provider. It includes questions about your reasons for quitting smoking, common nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and whether you should make a quit plan, to help get you started. Fill in the blanks, answer the questions, and make notes of your own on the page. If you don’t have a printer, you can read the questions and your answers off your phone while talking to your doctor.
Click on the image to download it, fill it out, and bring it with you to your doctor’s appointment. You got this!