How To Quit Smoking

by roshi on September 24, 2009

in Health, Tips

More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by smoking-related illnesses. It is not easy to quit smoking. That’s a fact but if you want to feel better, live longer, and even have a little extra cash on hand, Just quit smoking. I have posted in this context previously: How to Give Up Smoking and Quit Smoking – Lethal Elements in Cigerettes. Now here is a video step by step guide to quit smoking in few days.

Quick Tips

Ready yourself. Make a particular day your quit day. Don’t deviate from this plan.

Psych yourself up by making a list of all the reasons to quit—you’ll be healthier, develop fewer wrinkles, have nicer breath, save money, and you won’t be subjecting people to second-hand smoke. List all the health risks associated with smoking—such as stroke, heart disease, several types of cancer, ulcers, diabetes, eye diseases, and osteoporosis. Remind yourself that there are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, some of which are used in insect and rat poisons!

Write down your smoking triggers. When you drink? After dinner? With coffee? Knowing what prompts you to smoke can help you quit.

Tell your friends and family about your decision. They can encourage you, plus you’re less likely to back out if others know your goal.

Call your state’s stop smoking line for free advice, nicotine substitutes, and a plan.

Buy lots of gum or lollipops. When you have a craving for a cigarette, suck on a lollipop or chew some gum.

Keep busy so your mind doesn’t start craving a cigarette. Begin a project or new hobby.

If you experience severe withdrawal—with symptoms such as intense cravings, tension, irritability, headaches, drowsiness, or trouble sleeping—consult your physician about the possibility of using a nicotine patch.

Keep going. Mark your achievements on a calendar: one day smoke-free, one week, one month, and so on. Use your calendar as motivation.

Be prepared for difficult situations or even relapses. If you relapse, start the process over.

If willpower isn’t working for you, ask your doctor if you might be a good candidate for a prescription drug that may help you quit – like Zyban, also known as the antidepressant Wellbutrin.

Some people swear by hypnosis; that’s how Courteney Cox, Billy Joel, and Drew Barrymore kicked the habit.

Enjoy a healthier, happier and better-smelling life.

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