There are loads of ways to improve your chances of giving up smoking - here are some top tips to get you started. Deciding when to give up smoking is different for everyone. Quit counsellor Liz Hine believes that some people decide on the spur of the moment, while others need time to plan. “Sometimes stressful events, such as exams, can be looming, so it might be worth waiting. Just be careful not to keep making excuses as there’s always something coming up,” she warns.