You know you want to. But do you REALLY want to? Smoking can be a tricky thing to really break up with. You know it’s bad for you and you know that you should, but until you make that decision that it’s really time, you won’t be successful. So make up your mind, read this article and make it happen.
Sometimes people think they can quit smoking by switching to a product such as chewing-tobacco. This isn’t a good idea because usually chewing-tobacco contains more nicotine. You might end up just replacing one addiction for another. If you really want a product that can help you quit, try nicotine gum instead. You can slowly taper off the gum. They don’t usually sell progressively weaker versions of chewing tobacco.
Make sure you have the right attitude. You can not take quitting as a deprivation. Instead, think of this process as a favor that you are doing for yourself. By quitting you are helping your body and making a healthier change that will in turn lead to a healthier happier you!
Help the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If you decide not to use a product that contains nicotine, such as a patch, gum or lozenges, think about asking your doctor about a prescription medication. Certain pills can help to reduce cravings by affecting the chemicals that your brain produces, lessening the symptoms. There are also certain medications that will make a cigarette taste nasty if you decide to smoke.
Ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep when you’re in the process of giving up your smoking habit. For many, cigarette cravings increase during late nights. Late nights may also be tempting times to sneak a cigarette, especially if the rest of your house is asleep. Obtaining a full eight hours of sleep nightly allows you to maintain your motivation and your ability to combat cigarette cravings.
To quit smoking for good, you’ll get better results by gradually weaning yourself than you would if you tried to quit cold turkey. Nearly all people that try to quit cold turkey fail as a result of nicotine withdrawal. Cut back slowly and steadily, and if the cravings are still too powerful then subsidize your efforts with medication or other tools.
If you have very strong associations between smoking and drinking coffee or smoking while you’re drinking, you may need to avoid these triggers for a while. Once you feel comfortable enough in your ability to stay away from cigarettes, you can slowly bring back that morning cup of joe or happy hour with your friends.
Remember that false starts are common when people try to quit smoking. Even if you’ve tried and failed to quit before, you should always keep trying. Ultimately, any reduction in your smoking habit is good for you, so as long as you are trying to quit you are improving your life and health.
Now that you’ve decided it’s really time to get rid of this habit, you can use the information you just read here to make your attempts successful. You may not make it the first time, but if you keep on trying, one of these tips will be just what you needed.