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Tips from Former Smokers Who Were Able to Quit Smoking

Updated on July 27, 2014

Thinking about Trying to Quit Smoking?

The CDC has launched a campaign this year that is dedicated to helping those who want to stop smoking achieve that through the advise of other smokers.

Are you ready to quit smoking? Well good news, there are a wealth of resources and tips from former smokers that has recently been consolidated and made available to the public.

Each year, more than 480,000 Americans die from smoking while more than 41,000 of these deaths are the result of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $289 billion a year, including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity (cdc.gov).

Risks Associated with Smoking

Smoking poses a few health risks which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Type II Diabetes

  • Crohns Disease

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Decreased bone density in older men and women who smoke

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Stroke

  • Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease

  • Emphysema

  • Asthma

  • Increased Risk for Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Optic Nerve Damage

  • Cancer

A Few Tips

Perhaps you are fully educated about the risks and statistics associated with smoking and truly are just searching for tips to quit smoking. Here are a few tips that former smokers share (cdc.gov):

  • Talk to Your Primary Care Physician or Doctor about Quitting

  • Establish "the Quit Date"

  • Share Your Plan to Quit with Family and Friends

  • Predict the Challenges You Might Encounter in Your Effort to Quit and then Establish a Plan to Combat Those Challenges

  • Do a Clean Sweep of Your Car, Home and Workplace to Get Rid of All Tobacco Products

Methods that Might Aid in Quitting Smoking

There are a variety of treatments, tricks or methods that one might consider using in order to quit smoking including:

  • Hypnosis

  • Acupuncture

  • Medications

  • Counseling (Telephonic and/or Face to Face)

  • Internet Quitting Programs

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Reportedly, it lies somewhere between wakefulness and sleep. While in a hypnotic state, one is able to concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, or feeling while blocking out distractions.

Methods used may vary considerably, ranging from the use of direct suggestion hypnotherapy by repetition throughout to hypnotherapy combined with cognitive behavior therapy. It is said that through intense hypnotherapy, abstinence is created through the development of self-motivation and regulation.

Some studies suggest hypnosis is only effective in approximately 30% of the patient population. Nonetheless, hypnosis yields far better results than no intervention at al



Medications

Medications prescribed by physicians function as a nicotine substitute. There are six forms commonly prescribed including patches, gum, inhalers, nasal sprays, pills and suckers. These substitutes help to combat urges commonly experienced with withdrawal symptoms. Of course, precautions should be taken in use of medications in pregnant women or individuals with a history of cardiac problems.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for more than 25 centuries to treat and prevent various illnesses and conditions. It is a procedure that involves the placement of fine, flexible needles over specific points of the body's energetic pathways. Some find the procedure to be relaxing in nature.

Internet Quitting Programs

This hub is not intended to advocate for any one specific program, however below are a few examples of online smoking cessation programs:


There are also any number of apps available for smart phone users. Although studies have shown these programs are not as successful due to poor adherence of some, use is on the rise.

Quitting smoking won't be easy. It is not difficult to relapse, particularly in the face of cravings, triggers or unplanned emotional events. The key is not to give up and find the best method that is going to help make you successful in your endeavor to quit.

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