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March 24, 2007 by  
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By Jason D

Smoking is no longer “in” or cool. Wherever you go you see a “no smoking sign” and this is because society has woken up to dangers that smoking poses not only to smokers themselves but to everyone that is exposed to second-hand smoke. If you are a smoker wondering how you are going to quit the habit then it is time to find out how thousands of other people, just like you, have already quit smoking.

Before we look at the ways to quit smoking it is important to think about the benefits that you will get if you stop smoking. Think about the value of your own life. For example how much is seven years of your life worth? Seven years is the time that you can add to your lifespan if you stop smoking according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

It is not just a question of living longer, but it is a question of living with zest and in good health. All the health experts warn that smoking has a debilitating affect on health, so, as one of my elementary school teachers used to say, “A word to the wise should be sufficient.”

If you are convinced that it is time to stop smoking here are some steps that you can take to do it:

Make a firm vow that you are going to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is not easy. It is a physical and psychological addiction. You are going to face some difficulty in kicking the habit. The only way to make it through the difficulty is to be convinced right from the beginning that you are going to stop smoking once and for all. Tell yourself mentally or loudly in front of mirror, that “I am quitting smoking, and will do whatever it takes to stop.”

2. Choose a method to help you quit smoking. Once you have made up your mind that you are going to leave the habit then it is time to take action. Here are a few quit smoking methods that people have used to help them kick the smoking habit.:

a. Nicotine Replacement Therapy – Nicotine is the chemical compound in smoke that causes you to become addicted to tobacco products. There are various products that deliver nicotine to your body without the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in smoke. They include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges that deliver low doses of nicotine directly into your body through your skin. The idea behind these products is that you can stop smoking and then gradually reduce your dependence on nicotine, finally giving up the nicotine replacements themselves.

b. Acupuncture and Laser therapy – Both of these therapies are based on ancient Chinese medicine and put pressure on strategic points in the body which according to the Chinese system balances the flow of vital energy in the body. In the case of acupuncture needles are used while in laser therapy a laser is focused on these points. Proponents of laser therapy say that it stimulates the flow of “endorphins,” which are calming hormones that are released in your body when you smoke.

c. Hypnosis—During hypnotherapy a patient is put into a relaxed state and is then given suggestions to quit smoking. Visualizations are used to help the smoker see how life would be much better if he or she would quit smoking. Numerous tapes and CDs which give hypnotic suggestions are also available for those who want to try self-hypnosis. The goal of hypnosis is to build up the will power of person so that it is easy for him or her to quit smoking.

d. Yoga and Meditation—Physical and mental exercises that enhance health and increase concentration and will power are the main components of yoga. The idea of yoga is to build up a positive mental and physical environment in a person so that negative habits fade away.

Whichever method you use to help you quit smoking you should be prepared to face cravings and even withdrawal symptoms. Some smokers report symptoms such as nausea, irritability, fatigue, sore throats and other physical problems, while others are faced with enormous cravings to light up.

If you run into these problems you can do the following:

1. Drink lots of water throughout the day. This helps to calm the cravings, keeps you from eating food as a replacement for sticking a cigarette in you mouth, and is good for health in general.

2. Keep yourself busy with good things to do. Don’t let your mind dwell on your own difficulties keep it engaged in more positive activities.

3. Remember your vow to quit smoking and the benefits that you will get from following through with it.

Finally, remember that thousands of people have already quit smoking and they are no different from you. You can do it if you really set your mind to it. Choose a method that is right for you and join the ranks of ex-smokers today.

Jason D. is a former smoker of 15 years and publisher of a Quit Smoking website. Visit his website if you would like more information on how to quit smoking and Manage Nicotine Cravings

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