Top 5 ways to Quit Your Smoking Addiction

Top 5 ways to Quit Your Smoking Addiction

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death and illness in the US and the UK. Even though a medical warning is present on the outside of every cigarette package sold, over 1 million adults and children are still deciding to pick up this deadly habit every year. Many medical studies have shown that those who smoke die much earlier in life than those who avoid it.

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Furthermore, there is an increased risk of contracting various diseases if the individual smokes on a frequent basis. Smokers do not realise the impact they are having on their surrounding non-smoker family/friends, as passive smoking is also a more recently known killer.

For those who are craving to quit, there are 5 known, effective treatments available today. These top five treatments include cognitive behaviour therapy, the nicotine patch treatment, stop smoking programs, prescription drugs and non-nicotine cigarettes.

Quitting Smoking and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive therapy is used for a variety of issues and concerns including depression, eating disorders, phobias and mood disorders. This type of therapy is also used for people who want to quit their smoking habits. By using this kind of therapy, the patient will think more positively about quitting. They are more likely to understand their ambivalent feelings, while they also learn additional ways to cope with stress.

In this kind of therapy, a trained therapist’s role will help the patients with addressing negative thoughts that hamper progress. Hence, to counteract negative thoughts, the therapist will help their patient’s by changing their initial thought patterns. The therapist’s main role is to aid the patient with the replacement of negative responses into more positive ones. For example, instead of the words “I cannot stop” the patient will be encouraged to think/ say “I am going to beat this habit.” This type of therapy revolves around self-belief.

Nicotine Patch

The nicotine patch treatment has been around for many years. These patches can be purchased in different dosages (strengths). Which means, when a smoker wants to quit the habit, they should begin these treatments by using a strong dosage of nicotine. The strong dosage should be used for a specified number of days. Once these initial days are over, the patient will gradually move to a patch that has a lower dosage of nicotine. This process is continued until no patch is needed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the patch treatment is very effective, especially when it is combined with behavioral modification techniques.

However, here we have found very little evidence of these highly-marketed, expensive and profitable drugs working.

Stop Smoking Programs

Presently, there are several available ‘stop smoking programs’. These programs can be found in a variety of different formats including videos, books and live presentations. While some of these programs are considered to be very effective, they are often much more successful for the patient when they are combined with other natural solutions like the patch and gum lozenges. Therefore, for those who are considering a stop smoking program, they should undergo some of their own research before signing up.

Prescription drugs and Stopping Smoking

Sometimes people have smoked so long that they may need more aggressive treatment in order to quit this habit. This is one of the main reasons why some people may choose to take a prescription drug as an alternative. However, for those who are interested, they should talk to their doctor about recommendations. One major drawback to taking prescription drugs is the adverse side effects. Some of the most commonly known prescription drugs include Bupropion, Nortriptyline and Varenicline.

Electronic Cigarettes and Non-nicotine cigarettes

Another nicotine replacement product is the electronic cigarette. This product is becoming more popular because it helps with simulating smoking. The electronic cigarette can also be used to reduce nicotine gradually until the person quits the habit.

This is a guest post by Micheala Connolly

Conclusion

The treatments discussed above are the ones most commonly sought after, this is because they are both affordable and achievable. Many of the treatments are available through the NHS in the UK who provide ‘quit smoking kits’.

The fact that there is little agreement over the most successful ways to give up smoking points towards not only the difficulty of the question itself but also the number of vested interests involved.

Remember, a lot of people who say that a certain method works stand to make money from you if you decide to use that method. Also, remember also that drug companies invest billions into advertising and lobbying just so you invest your hard earned-money trying to give up a habit that is taking away your hard-earned money.

Take everything you hear with a pinch of salt and don’t forget that the best things in life are free.

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How To Give Up Smoking

Smoking cigarettes is a hard habit to break – many try to give up smoking more than once. However, stopping smoking can give you this single biggest benefit to your live that you will ever experience. People will tell you that you won’t be able to give up smoking.

Smoking tips given by the experts don’t always help every smoker. For example, picking a quit date and telling everyone may force a certain type of person to give up in order to save face however with other people this will cause unnecessary stress making relapse more likely. However, there are some tips on how to give up smoking which are universal.

Quitting smoking tips for all

Be positive. You will smell better. You will have more cash in your pocket. After a few weeks you should begin to feel better, taste your food more, and cough less. You put away the money you would have spent on cigarettes and spend it on pre-determined treats for you or your family.

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Hypnotherapy uses suggestion to implant commands into your subconscious mind. Since addiction is always a result of the subconscious rather than the conscious, hypnotherapy is seen as a powerful aid to quitting cigarettes. Hypnotherapy can be used to stop cravings, reduce over-eating and diminish or stop other side-effects as well as start the cessation process. You don’t have to search out an expensive hypnotherapist in your area – you can download hypnotherapy MP3s now and hypnotise yourself.

Eat healthily. As your taste improves it may be an idea to purchase different fruits and vegetables to explore the different tastes your palette can now appreciate. There is a worry about gaining weight when you give up cigarettes as the appetite can improve. In order to anticipate the increase in appetite, try sugar-free gum, vegetable, fruit and healthy foods. Don’t increase your intake of fatty or sugary foods. You may see this as swapping one bad habit for another and this will cause negative thinking.

Get fit. Your losing a habit when you give up smoking. Why not replace it with another one? The best habit to take up at this time is one that involved fresh air and exercise. As your lungs will start to benefit from giving up smoking so you will notice an increase ability to sustain physical exercise for longer periods. The positive proof of the benefits of giving up cigarettes so early in the process would decrease the risk of relapse. Get on your bike, go running, go the gym, play sports, walk more … whatever your favorite method of exercise is, do more of it!

Take it one moment at a time. Don’t look into the future as a long, long time without a cigarette. Look at time as the present. The future is only made up of millions of “nows” anyway. You had plenty of happy “nows” as a smoker without a cigarette – so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a moment without a cigarette as a non-smoker. Periods of withdrawal went you want or crave cigarettes only last for a few moments. It’s important you get through these moments. Mark off each successful day on a calendar. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself that you don’t want to start all over again.

Quitting smoking tips for some

Start a 7-day program. Quitting cigarettes can be easier if a timed structure is enabled for you to do so. This way certain “danger moments” of relapse are pre-emptied and curtailed. Programs can take just a few minutes a day, and are ready to follow a simple yet powerful plan of action, you can give up cigarettes and get on track to a better, healthier life. Programs can also supply you with info packs that include powerful secrets, tricks and tactics to help you on your journey.

Write a list of the reasons to stop and keep it with you. Refer to it when tempted to smoke.

Set a date for stopping, and stop completely. This doesn’t work for everybody but can for some. Likewise getting rid of ashtrays, lighters, and cigarettes from the house can further finalize your decision.

Tell everyone that you are quitting cigarettes. Friends and family can help you and offer support. A ‘group’ effort may be easier than going it on your own.

How to give up smoking and stay given up

I hope you found a few of these ideas helpful. Smoking is a hard habit to break but with positivity, good will and a mind shift towards becoming a better person, it can be the best thing you’ve ever done!

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