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Concentrating On Quitting Smoking


The smoker who is trying to quit is caught between conflicting emotions. On the one hand, smoking satisfies some need. On the other hand, it offends other people, and has unpleasant effects like coughing, congestion and difficulty breathing. Horror stories about its effects on health, though true, have little effect on many smokers. In order to quit, the smoker needs to replace what smoking gives them. They need to find something better to give that satisfaction that smoking has given them, perhaps for years. Here are some tips on how to turn things around and vanquish the need to smoke.

You know the general reasons to quit, the health reasons that are the same for everyone. But look for the more personal reason why smoking means enough to you that you endanger your health. Yes, the tobacco companies designed cigarettes to create nicotine cravings that you have to satisfy. But there is probably more than that. What is it that smoking means to you? For many people of the older generation, smoking was associated with joining the adult world, and with glamorous people like movie stars. Look inside at these feelings. It is easy to debunk them.

To overcome the physical craving for nicotine, you will probably need some help. There are nicotine gums, patches and so on. They separate the nicotine craving from the act of smoking. This is an important part of changing your smoking habit. Let your doctor know you are trying to quit and ask him for advice, and perhaps a prescription medication.

There are many paths to quitting, and many therapies offered. Some may offer hypnosis as a technique, others suggest meditation, yoga, or relaxation techniques. Smoking is often a reaction to stress, so it is good to explore these avenues and see if one will work for you. Cutting down the stress in your life may do much to lessen your desire to smoke.

Let everyone you know--family, friends and co-workers--that you are trying to quit smoking. Some of them will have already quit themselves, and can offer you good advice. They will all be glad and supportive. Quitting smoking really is difficult and you will need their encouragement during the times when you become discouraged.

AA recovery sayings deal with addiction to alcohol, but can also be helpful for smokers. A brief, pointed saying like this can be a good weapon in deterring you from reaching for a cigarette. It deflects your craving and reminds you of your goal of quitting.

Which times of the day do you smoke? What is it that triggers your desire to reach for a cigarette? Answer those questions for yourself, and work at changing those triggers. Is it when you are unhappy, angry, bored, irritated, or just slumping after a hard day at work? Just being aware of the triggers will help.

The tips given here can help you plan your own program to quit smoking, permanently. Think them over and take the step from wanting to doing. Make a plan and begin acting on it.