Although there is never a wrong time to quit smoking, you’re most likely to follow through if your quit date is two to four weeks away. This gives you some time to get ready, and if you’ll be using Chantix, Zyban, or a type of NRT that is prescription-only, it leaves you enough time to talk to your doctor and have the medication on hand for your big day.
Some people choose a special day in their life for their quit date, like a birthday or an anniversary. This can work for some smokers, but if this makes you want to “celebrate” the occasion by smoking, or if the day will be emotionally charged, it’s best to skip it. Quitting on a day that’s most like your regular, everyday life may help you best adjust to life without cigarettes.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, November 6, 2017