How To Quit Smoking

Here Are Some Ways To Help Kick The Bad Habit

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It’s a brand new year, and you're ready to quit smoking. That’s awesome! While it’s not going to be easy, making the commitment is half the battle. Even though there are many ways to quit smoking, not all of them are right for everyone. Quitting ultimately comes down to a personal decision, the variety of factors that affect your daily life and the amount of willpower you can conjure up. Try these methods if you want the best chance of success.

Nicotine Replacement 

Nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, sprays and lozenges are considered nicotine replacement therapies. These are intended to reduce the amount of nicotine that goes into your body. Gradually, you can decrease the amount that you take each day you can eliminate nicotine and the nicotine replacement entirely. In this way, your body can wean itself slowly off the nicotine habit slowly and intentionally. You may still feel the effects of  nicotine on your body, but you won't be suffering the negative effects of cigarettes.

Avoiding Your Triggers

There are certain triggers which cause smokers to start craving those cigarettes. For many, it’s a stressful situation. For others, it could just be a daily routine while there are on break from work or when they are on the phone. 

On your journey to quit smoking, these triggers will become challenging as they create that urge to light up. In order to avoid that temptation, you need to make sure those triggers never activate. In other words, actively avoid those situations that make you feel like wanting a cigarette. If you’re the type of person that is used to having a smoke during something you do everyday, try doing something else that will occupy that time. If you usually smoke while talking on the phone, then grab a pen and paper so you can draw while you talk.

Cold Turkey

Some might find it hard to believe, but the majority of people who have successfully quit smoking have done it by quitting cold turkey. Many of those who quit cold turkey did so with a lot of support from friends and family. If you surround yourself with people who care about you and want what's best for you, you have a support system to help kick the habit and to offer strong willpower and constant reminders of why you’re quitting. 

Behavioral Therapy

This type of therapy involves working with a counselor to try to find ways to quit smoking. Together, you will pinpoint your triggers and make a plan on how to get through those situations.

Combo Treatments

Using a combination of methods could help increase your chances of quitting. For example, using both a nicotine patch and gum may be better than using the patch by itself. Other combination treatments that could be useful include behavioral therapy and nicotine replacement therapy or a nicotine replacement therapy patch and nicotine spray.

You could also try quitting by cutting back on cigarettes until you no longer feel the need for one. This is ideal for heavy smokers who are really deep into their habit. Just cut back on your smoking from day to day and week to week. Start by taking yourself from smoking a pack a day to a pack a week, and then a cigarette every other day. This gradually depletes the amount of nicotine in your body and makes the cravings easier to resist. 

These methods are going to work well for some people, but not everyone. Just because you know someone who found it easy to quit cold turkey doesn’t mean it will be easy for you as well. Quitting is something personal, and each individual has to find their own best way to do so.

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