Want To Stop Smoking?
Many smokers try quitting smoking just by using willpower, or going cold-turkey as it's sometimes called.
Of course, it's the least expensive option, as it costs nothing. A few may succeed using this method, but not that many. The success rate is considered to be up to 6 percent, and those who use willpower alone may find they have bad cravings for a period of time.
Smokers often ask the following questions:
Different Ways to Quit Smoking
If you're seeking help to stop smoking then there are various options open to you:
- Nicotine Replacement Products
- E Cigs
- Complementary & Alternative Therapies
These are described in more detail on the comparisons page
Is Smoking a Habit or Addiction?
Smoking has often been described as an addiction, because of the dependency smokers have to cigarettes and tobacco and the difficulty smokers have in quitting smoking.
However there are those who would claim the problem is just one of habit. In a study carried out in 2010 Dr Dar of Tel Aviv University found that the intensity of cravings for cigarettes had more to do with the psychosocial element of smoking than with the physiological effects of nicotine as an addictive chemical. You can read more at http://www.israel21c.org/health/smoking-a-habit-not-an-addiction/
I have met many people over the years who had quit smoking and who told me they found it to be easy. So perhaps it's all in the mind!
Tips To Help You Stop Smoking
- Set a date on which you will become a non-smoker and prepare for it.
- On the day you’ve chosen, remove ashtrays and destroy any remaining cigarettes.
- Make sure you are supported by friends and family. When you stop smoking, tell them you’ve stopped – particularly tell friends, colleagues and family members who you used to smoke with so they don’t keep tempting you with cigarettes.
- Keep reminding yourself why you are becoming a non-smoker. That means keep thinking of the discomfort and pain associated with smoking, and the pleasure you will get from becoming free of this unpleasant habit. Visualisation techniques can certainly help you.
- For some people it helps if they change their regular routine, particularly if the routine involves triggers for smoking. So, for example, if you used to have a cigarette with a coffee first thing in the morning then have something else to drink instead of coffee, or choose a different brand of coffee.
- Make sure you have a technique (or techniques) in place to deal with stress. Eg practice deep diaphragmatic breathing, or meditation or yoga
- Try to avoid drinking excessive alcohol, as alcohol may lower your resolve.
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