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Celebrate Successes

Quitting is tough, and it’s important to reward yourself for your hard work. It’ll help you keep going strong!

Have you gone one day, one week, or one month without tobacco? How about longer? Here are some ways you can celebrate.

Celebrate Your Health

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It can affect things from thinking clearly to working out. Now that you’ve quit, your body may feel different and you may enjoy doing different things.

  • Go out to eat—you’ll be able to taste your food better.
  • Try a new hobby—you’ll notice you have more energy than before you quit.
  •  Play a new sport—you’ll notice you can breathe easier than before you quit.
  • Go stargazing at night—alone or with friends and family. Your night vision may have improved since you’ve quit.
"I love my new lung capacity. I can hike again."
-Smokefree Cody

Celebrate Your Savings

Treat yourself with the money you’ve saved by not smoking.

  • Buy some new clothes.
  • Sign up for a class like photography, painting, or cooking.
  • Take a road trip.
  • Go to a movie with people who supported your quit journey.

Want to remind yourself of your motivations to quit, to keep track of your cessation medications, and track your savings? Get VA’s Stay Quit Coach, a free app that helps you get and stay smokefree.

It’s important to take your quit journey one day at a time. Reward yourself for smokefree days and get support when you need it.

More For You

Asking for help from people in your life can make a big difference. You’re not in this alone.
Understand why you feel like you need to smoke. Find ways to avoid triggers and deal with withdrawal and cravings.
Feeling irritable, restless, down, or blue after you quit smoking is normal. These tips can help you feel better.
SmokefreeVET is a mobile text messaging service for military Veterans who receive their health care through VA.