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Tips to Quit Smoking

If you’ve failed to quit smoking in your first attempt, don’t be disappointed. A recent survey showed that only 3% of 15 million smokers who tried to quit smoking eventually succeeded. It is primarily the addictive nature of nicotine that prevents smokers from kicking the habit of smoking.

  • However, there are certain systematic methods that can effectively bring an end to your smoking habit. All that is required is a strong conviction and determination to ride out the transient after-effects of smoking. Some steps are as follows:
  • First of all, try to convince yourself about the benefits of quitting. The most important benefits include better health, absence of genital warts, longevity, welfare of your family, and saving money.
  • Inform your family, friends, and well-wishers beforehand that there is a possibility that you may become irritable or irrational because of the effects of quitting. Ask them to support you and encourage you in your attempt to quit smoking.
  • Set a target date for yourself to put an end to your smoking habit. Prepare yourself mentally for that date. You can even hold a small ceremony in the morning of the quit date and have the last smoke of your life.
  • Let your family physician know that you are quitting smoking. You can get valuable guidance from a doctor that can help you increase your chances of quitting smoking for good.
  • Start an exercise program after you quit smoking. Exercise will relieve the stress that you are experiencing and help you recover faster from nicotine addiction. Besides rigorous exercises, half an hour of walking or even deep breathing exercises will help you a great deal. It is important to consult a physician before you start exercising.
  • When you are doing deep breathing exercises, try to visualize yourself as a non-smoker. Think of how great your future will be when you become a non-smoker. This kind of creative visualization really helps.
  • You can try the gradual method of quitting cigarettes too. Try to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke every week, so that your task of quitting will get easier as you approach your quit date. You can also try to quit smoking abruptly. Most smokers feel that this method requires a stronger conviction. You can try the gradual method first, and if it fails, you can try the second one.
  • Drink plenty of water every day. Water replenishes and flushes out all the harmful toxins and nicotine that have accumulated in your body due to years of smoking.
  • Try to identify the triggers that make you want to smoke. Some common triggers of smoking are the end of a snack, arrival at work, and stress.
  • Find something that can replace a cigarette in your hand or mouth. You can try chewing gum or even artificial cigarettes. This often results in a placebo effect, wherein your mind thinks that you are smoking even though you are not.

To succeed in quitting smoking, you must be convinced of the ill-effects of cigarettes and nicotine. Furthermore, you need to have a strong determination; which will help you steer clear of a smoking relapse.

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