An important first step to quitting smoking is keeping a journal or diary of your smoking habits. For example, every time you smoke a cigarette, keep a record of when and why you smoke, and what you were doing at the time.
Such a record of your smoking habits, kept for several weeks before you attempt to quit, will provide some very valuable insights into your habit, such as:
It will force you to be consciously aware when you light up, and to think about why you are lighting up. No longer will smoking be an automatic habit which you perform without thinking.
It will help you with Identifying Your Triggers
You may be tempted to skip writing down some of the cigarettes that you smoke, however try and avoid such temptations. Keeping this journal will be most helpful and useful if it is complete and accurate.