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Finally Stop & Quit Smoking Forever
The biggest modern day killer is amazingly still available to anyone who wishes to slowly kill themselves. With 70% of smokers reportedly wanting to stop, here we have the lowdown on how to finally stop and quit smoking forever.
Before you quit smoking
Before you actually stop smoking think about the following things to help you prepare yourself for the struggle:
Realize why you need to stop
Some health reasons:
To summarize the smoker and those around them will die sooner because of the smoker. This includes partners, families and friends who are all susceptible to smoking illnesses thanks to the smoker.
Smokers and their clothes also smell and they make everything around them including other people smell too. The smell is reminiscent of a bar and the it remains with the smoker and those around them all day every day.
See a doctor or physician - Get advice from experts who have supervised people quitting. Talk through any chemical help available like gums and nicotine patches. Talk about using the drug Zyban as a possible quitting aid.
There are now "fake cigarettes" that can deliver a measured burst of nicotine to help quitting. Talk through all available help to see if you can use any of it. Statistics show you are far more likely to quit with a no smoking aid.
Set the date - Pick a day where there will be no temptations and little stress. Try to have a date where for the following 2-3 weeks you will encounter few "triggers" that encourage one more cigarette.
Pick a date and stick to it. This is the new day in your life where health plays a part. This is the day where you will begin to have a longer more fulfilling life.
Quit cold turkey - Many people have found success this way, for some it was either smoke or not smoke at all. Some do not have the ability to cut down so quitting cold turkey was their best solution.
Consider this yourself, quitting cold turkey does make the cravings worse but they don't last as long. This is where cutting down means you have mini cravings over a longer period. Keep an open mind about the quitting route you wish to take.
Tell people you're stopping - Let everyone know especially fellow smokers of your quitting date, you need to stay away from temptation and encourage those around you to help.
Tell your family and friends of your plans and the date you have set. You're stopping for them as well as yourself. Those close to you can be a vital source of support and determination during the hard times.
Trash all smoking paraphernalia - Just before your quit date get rid of all the remaining cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, everything you connect with smoking. Even if you have a smoking chair consider trashing it or moving it to another position. Just be sure to remove all associations with smoking before the quit date to make quitting itself easier.
During you quitting smoking
The period when you have just quit to the 2-3 weeks after are the worst. Whether you quit cold turkey or by cutting back here some tips:
Put smoking money into a jar - All the money you would spend on tobacco place it into a jar and see it physically rise. Plan to do some thing enjoyable with the money you raise not smoking as a reward.
Temporarily avoid places where you smoke - Whether it's a bar or restaurant try to find 2-3 weeks where you can avoid the "trigger" places. Let the physical craving go before you re-enter those places or situations if you can.
Know your cravings - They really do last only 2-3 minutes so know them and realize that the feeling is brief. Do something else with your hands or chew some gum. Know that the craving only lasts 2-3 minutes and will ease more and more as the days go by.
Chew gum after eating a meal - One of the most popular times for a cigarette is after a meal so resist the craving and eat some gum. This means you're mouth will have something to do which cuts the cravings for nicotine.
Resist a cigarette with alcohol - This is difficult at first but resist it once and it becomes easier and easier over time. Keep resisting the temptation and a non-smoking future will be yours.
Don't have "just one more" - This is how you got addicted in the first place and will lead you to addiction again. Avoid the "one more won't hurt" situation. This is merely the addiction talking and is the quickest way to becoming a smoker again.
Don't wake up with a cigarette - Every time you normally have a cigarette you must remember not to. Find something else to do or just resist. Again, the cravings only last 2-3 minutes so just ignore it and realize it will get easier over time and stops altogether within 2-3 weeks.
Don't ever have another - Make sure you don't have one "for old times sake". Make sure you remain an ex-smoker and enjoy the benefits that come with it. Just one cigarette will put you back on the wrong path so resist any temptation.
After you've quit smoking
So it's about a month after your last cigarette and the physical cravings would now have passed. Any further cravings now are psychological or a force of habit and not physical so resistance should now be easier.
Breathe deeply - Now you should have found that breathing has become easier and deeper since you gave up the habit. Your lung capacity will continue to increase while your body gets rid of the tar deposits around the lungs. So breathe deeply and enjoy the sensation.
Have more energy - The oxygen will get to your muscles easier and faster as deposits around blood vessels and arteries begin clearing. This will give you the feeling of more energy and re-vitalization.
Celebrate! - Take all the money you would have spent on tobacco and do something enjoyable with friends and family. Now is the time to enjoy life as you've just extended it by about 14 years (true, as long as you never smoke again).
Don't give in - Remember the feeling of needing a cigarette may wander back into the mind occasionally but remember that it doesn't last and that you are a non-smoker now.
Stop & quit smoking overall
Lets' face it cigarettes will never be banned while our governments and corporations make so much money so it is up to the smoker to stop the habit.
Even if you're finding it difficult to stop just keep trying and try alternative ways to do so. With the dangers we know about smoking don't give up giving up.