Just quit.

That’s right. Don’t even think about setting a day or cutting down. Just put out that last smoke in the ashtray, take a deep breath (if you can) and quit.

At least that is what researchers are claiming in that smokers are “often told the best way to nix their habit is to have a game plan, including a quit day and a quit strategy. But could that advice be counterproductive?”

Hmm…quitting on impulse. Kind of like what I did last month when I decided to stop smoking.

“In a recent study putting that question to the test, smokers who quit spontaneously—without advance planning—had a greater chance of succeeding than those who planned ahead.”

I know it’s pretty hard to stop for some people, but the last two times I quit—back in 1997 and now this year—I just quit and that seemed to work the best for me. And it seems to make perfect sense if you think about it.

“Study authors Robert West and Taj Sohal liken the unplanned quit attempt to what mathematicians call ‘catastrophe theory.’ The idea is simply this: As tensions build up, even small triggers can lead to sudden and dramatic shifts in action. In nature, such forces might lead to, say, an avalanche. In much the same way, a smoker becomes disgusted with his habit, creating tension that, eventually, triggers a split decision to kick the habit.”

Yup, makes perfect sense to me.

Five weeks without a smoke now. I am doing okay but the hardest part is changing my routines where I used to smoke a lot—like when I was working on the computer or having a smoke with my morning cup of coffee. That’s been the hardest part for me—the psychological dependency.