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Agency: DNA Web Team, Michell Mathias:
Quitting smoking is not that difficult if you are determined to stop. Here are
different ways to quit smoking.
Keep in mind the benefits of quitting
Quitting has a number of positive effects. You just have to keep
in mind those benefits each time you feel like smoking. Also remind yourself
that quitting is not a difficult task. Find a replacement for your cigarette.
Replace it with an apple or a chewing gum or something that you like more than a
cigarette. Each time you feel like smoking, put that favourite thing in your
Reduce smoking gradually
It's not necessary for you to stop suddenly in a day. Reduce
smoking gradually. You can start by avoiding two, then three, then five and then
an entire pack.
Exercise helps people quit smoking. It helps in reducing the urge
to smoke. Exercise can be in any form - 10 minutes of walking or cycling is
sufficient enough for keeping yourself physically active and reducing the urge
Read success stories
Everyday several people quit smoking and many people among them
write their success
stories. Read them. It will help in motivating yourself to quit smoking.
Tell people around you that you're planning to quit. They'll
surely encourage you. Spreading the word will also have a positive impact on
others trying to quit.
Keep a money box
You can save all the money you spend on cigarette packets,
everyday. Keep the change in a box. Each time you remove money from your pocket
to buy that one cigarette, don't buy it, instead put that money in a box. Save
or donate to a charity of your choice.
Throw your ashtray and lighter
Throw everything that reminds you of smoking - your ashtray,
lighter and even cigarettes that you bought before quitting.
Once you have successfully completed a week or a month of smoking
- reward yourself. Not with a cigarette, but something else. For instance,
reward yourself with a cheesecake, that one blueberry cheesecake that you were
wanting to have since months but didn't get time for it. Purchase it with the
money that you saved from quitting.
Try drugs that can help you quit
There are several prescribed drugs available at various
pharmacies that can help you quit smoking. But don't forget to visit a doctor
before you do.
Cut down on alcohol too
Alcohol is generally preferred with a smoke. So stay away from
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For all the intense efforts to reduce smoking in America over the
past two decades, the progress has not been stellar. Today one in four men and
one in five women still smoke.
For those who never smoked, this is a befuddling fact. Don’t
smokers understand that cigarettes are the number one killer in America, that
they dramatically increase risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood
pressure, and almost every other health concern, small or large? How could any
habit be worth this?
Truth is, most smokers do understand. They also understand the
huge financial toll of smoking, with a pack of 20 cigarettes costing $10 in some
areas (imagine: $3,650 spent a year on cigarettes by pack-a-day smokers — often
people of only modest resources).
Then why do millions still smoke? In good part, because the
nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive. In good part, because smoking
provides psychological comfort to some people. Perhaps most of all, because quitting
Researchers and businesses have responded strongly to the last
point. Never have there been so many tools, systems, and programs available for
quitting smoking. And with every month that passes, there is more research
showing the benefits of quitting, and the drawbacks of not quitting.
So if you smoke, consider again whether it is time, finally, to
quit. If yes, you’ll need to think through the best approach, perhaps working
with your doctor or an expert. But the following 25 tips will help you succeed.
1. Make an honest list of all the things you like about smoking. Draw
a line down the center of a piece of paper and write them on one side; on the
other side make a list of all the things you dislike, such as how it can
interfere with your health, work, family, etc., suggests Daniel Z. Lieberman,
M.D., director of the Clinical Psychiatric Research Center at George Washington
University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Think about the list over time,
and make changes. If you are brave enough, get feedback from family and friends
about things they don’t like about your use of cigarettes. When the negative
side outweighs the positive side, you are ready to quit.
2. Then make another list of why quitting won’t be easy. Be
thorough, even if the list gets long and discouraging. Here’s the important
part: Next to each entry, list one or more options for overcoming that
challenge. For instance, one item might be: “Nicotine is an addictive drug.”
Your option might be: “Try a nicotine replacement alternative.” Another reason
might be: “Smoking helps me deal with stress.” Your option might be: “Take
five-minute walks instead.” The more you anticipate the challenges to quitting,
and their solutions, the better your chance of success.
Set a quit date and
write a “quit date contract” that includes your signature and that of a
Write all your reasons for quitting on an index card and
keep it near you at all times. Here are some to get you started: “My daughter,
my granddaughter, my husband, my wife…”
You get the idea.
5. As you’re getting ready to quit, stop buying cartons of
only buy a pack at a time, and only carry two or three with you at a time (try
putting them in an Altoids tin). Eventually you’ll find that when you want a
smoke, you won’t have any immediately available. That will slowly wean you down
to fewer cigarettes.
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