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12 best tips for quitting smoking

Updated on March 17, 2011

Quitting smoking is healthier for many reasons. First you may want to prevent bad breath and protect your family and friends from second hand smoke. You may also want to stop smoking because the thought of having cancer frightens you or may desire to feel young and active. It is important that you have reasons that are strong enough to outweigh your urge to light up a cigarette. To help you get started consider these tips:

            Determination with medication and therapy

 When you want to stop smoking, you must have determination and strong decision. These qualities are important because it is not easy to say that you are quitting smoking. It is determination and decision that will keep you going on. However, you may need therapy and medication if your decision is not strong enough to carry you. The need for medication and therapy is advisable because people who try to stop smoking without medication or therapy end up relapsing moreover, tobacco smoking is addictive and the brain becomes used to having nicotine and craves it. Thus, in it’s absence , the symptom of nicotine withdrawals occurs.

            Use nicotine-replacement therapy with intensive program

 In order to control the feelings of nicotine withdrawal which are frustration, depression and restless.It is advisable that you use nicotine-replacement therapy. The function of nicotine replacement therapy is to help reduce these feelings. Researchers suggest that nicotine gum lozenges and patches can help double you chances of stopping smoking successfully when used with intensive behavioral program. The aim of the program is to help you build strong qualities that can give you strength over the desires to crave cigarettes.

Quit using prescription

 

 If you don’t want to use nicotine products to ease nicotine withdrawal, you can ask your doctor about prescription pills. These pills help reduce your craving by affecting chemicals in the brain. With these pills smoking becomes less satisfying. For those who have trouble with withdrawal symptoms such as depression or inability to concentrate, it is helpful that they use some drugs but they should not go alone.  They should obtain advice from their doctor.

  Make your family members know about your decision to quit

. When you decide to quit smoking, tell your family members, friends and associates that you have stopped smoking. Some may encourage you but do not yield to any negative suggestions to go back to your old habit. You may want to join a support group, which can be of great help to you.

            Control stress

People smoke because smoking helps them  relax and manage stress .Thus, once you have stopped smoking, you will need to find another way to control stress. Try getting regular massages, listening to relaxing music, or learning yoga or tai chi. You can try  avoiding stressful situation during the first few weeks after you have stopped smoking.

            Avoid alcohol and other triggers

There are some activities that may boost your urge to smoke. Of such activity is alcohol, so try to drink less when you first quit or you can avoid drinking. If you notice that coffee or tea is a trigger, switch to other things for a few weeks.

            Also, if you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead. You can brush your teeth or chew gum.

            Clean your home

When you decide to quit smoking discard all your ashtrays and lighters. It is also right that you wash every cloth that smell like smoke of cigarette and clean your carpets, draperies and upholstery. Use air freshener to help tidy your home of the familiar odor. You do not need to perceive odor that will remind you of smoking.

            Keep trying

It is very common to have a relapse after you have taken a decision to quit but keep trying to keep your decision. In keeping your decision, examine, your emotions and circumstances that can lead you to relapse and use them as an opportunity to reaffirm your commitment to quitting.

            Get involved in physical activity

Exercise can help you reduce nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. Substitute your urge to smoke with physical activity. Instead of reaching for a cigarette, put on your inline skates or jogging shoes. Mild exercise such as walking or pulling weeds from the garden can be helpful.

            Do not try to diet when quitting

If you want to stop smoking, do not try to diet..Also do not place yourself on any special food. instead, focus on eating more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Studies suggest that food such as these make cigarette taste terrible. Another advantage of fruit and vegetables is that it gives you a leg up in fighting your cravings while providing disease fighting nutrients.

Remember   the benefit of saving some money

Among the several  benefits  of quitting smoking, the benefit of saving some money used in buying cigarette is rewarding .You can use the money formerly spent on the cigarette on something useful and fun.

            Quit for your health

Quitting smoking has much immediate health benefit. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces your pulse rate after only 20 minutes. Within a day the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal, within two weeks to three months, your risk of a heart attack decreases and your lungs begin to function better. Reduced risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and other cancer are long term benefits of quitting smoking.

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      iyking 

      7 years ago

      It is good to consider quitting smoking for many reasons and if you have tried and fell, do not give up.

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from UK

      I have quit twice in my life. First for 8 years and second and current time is almost two years. I did most of what you have suggested and it works.

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