How to Quit Smoking for Good?

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Despite the availability of numerous quit smoking programs, smoking remains a serious health threat worldwide. The key to quitting smoking for good is, first of all, to find strong motivation, and second, to combine the use of quit-smoking aids with emotional support to break the habit.

Finding motivation

The urge to light up is very powerful, and a smoker can only fight it if he/she has a very strong reason to do so. Smokers who quit usually try to:

1) protect their health against the risks of smoking such as premature aging, lung cancer, obstructive lung disease, tooth decay, heart disease etc;

2) treat an existing health condition;

3) protect their family against passive or secondhand smoking.

Nicotine-replacement therapy

1) Nicotine chewing gum;
2) Nicotine patches;
3) Nasal sprays;
4) Lozenges;
5) Inhalers.

All these quit-smoking aids are nicotine-based (addictive properties of nicotine) and called as pharmacological treatment, releasing a small amount of nicotine in the blood. They have advantages and disadvantages that one needs to be aware of. You should discuss the pros and cons with your physician, before use.

Go cold-turkey?

Quitting smoking cold-turkey (what is cold-turkey?) is the hardest and most traumatic way to beat nicotine addiction. Studies show that the relapse rate (resuming the smoking) for this abrupt quit smoking method is very high. Yet strong will can overcome many obstacles.

Ask for emotional and psychological support!

1) Emotional support is of paramount importance for quitting smoking. You should inform family, friends and co-workers about this major change in order to receive their support.

2) Group support and group therapy could also give a smoker the strength to stay away from cigarettes.

3) Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps smokers break the psychological addiction to smoking.

Use stress management strategies

For a smoker, nicotine has a relaxing, even soothing effect. Once you quit, stress relief will become a challenge.

1) Avoid stressful situations for a few weeks after quitting smoking.
2) Fight stress by listening to classic music.
3) Go for brisk walks or engage in more intense physical activity. This is a great way to fight stress and alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

Avoid smoking-associated habits!

Smoking is often associated with certain habits or close contacts.

1) Cut down on coffee and alcohol, if you used to pair them with smoking.
2) Have a light breakfast, particularly if you used to skip it because of your coffee drinking and smoking habit.
3) Keep your distance from friends and co-workers who smoke. Lots of people relapse because of their social environment.

Clean House!

1) Eliminate the smoking reminders: ashtrays and lighters.
2) Wash the clothes, clean the carpets, the upholstery, the curtains and anything else that preserves the scent of nicotine.
3) Use air-fresheners in order to change the smell of your home.

Eat vegetables and fruits!

1) Don't diet while trying to quit smoking. Cravings pile up, and it is not a good idea to combine nicotine cravings with food cravings.
2) Scientists actually recommend that you indulge yourself small treats, yet, without binging.
3) A higher amount of fruits and veggies will help the body detoxify and eliminate the nicotine by-products from the system.

Prescription Pills

1) Zyban, Wellbutrin or Chantix are some of the quit-smoking medications available on the market. Sometimes the same active substance is marketed under different names, as it happens with bupropion. It is sold as Wellbutrin for depression and Zyban for quitting smoking.

2) Although called quit-smoking pills, most such drugs are mainly used for other health problems. For instance, anti-depressants are sometimes prescribed for quitting smoking. They reduce withdrawal symptoms by influencing the nicotine receptors in the brain.

3) Quit-smoking pills also reduce the satisfaction you experience when smoking.

4) Pills can only be used according to doctor's orders, and only if other quit smoking aids have failed. Side effects should be taken seriously!

5) Adverse reactions could even require the discontinuation of the drug treatment.

Try a more complex approach to quitting smoking!

1) Chances of quitting smoking for good increase significantly when using a combination of quit-smoking aids and targeted therapeutic strategies.

2) See a specialist to get professional recommendations and help. You will thus be able to cope with both the withdrawal symptoms and the psychological addiction to smoking.

Recommended Resources

Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking-Book on Amazon: Over Nine Million Copies Sold Worldwide. A Review on Amazon: It helped my soon to quit smoking overnight after reading this book. Earlier he tried several times before with the usual known gums, patches ecigarettes etc without any success. However since he read this book he has not smoked again and says he has no desire to do so! I would highly recommend this book to any one serious about giving up smoking.

Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight (Book & CD): This book has been written by Britain's bestselling non-fiction author, Paul McKenna, having sold 3 million books in 3 years, and his TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world.

A complete guide to quitting smoking: From American Cancer Society

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

Disclaimer: The suggestions in the article(wherever applicable) are for informational purposes only. They are not intended as medical or any other type of advice