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    Best Ways to Quit Smoking

    Stop Smoking:


    If you want to quit smoking, you can do the following things:


    Write down the reasons why you smoke.


    Know in which situations you like to smoke best.


    You should know these situations very well (for example, when you are having a good time) and start to think of a solution for how you want to deal with that situation.


    • Determine the day you will stop. That can be tomorrow, but you can also wait for a more favourable moment.

    • Tell the people around you that you are going to quit. Possibly with somebody else.

    • Take away everything that reminds you of smoking.

    • Stop radically; it gives you the best chance of success.

    • Change your eating and drinking habits. Drink a lot of water, eat a lot of fresh fruit and be aware of 'pleasure drinks' like coffee, tea and alcohol.

    • Take care of enough physical relaxation. Go for a walk or a ride or go swimming.

    • Reward yourself. Do nice things or give yourself something, like a cd or clothes.

    • If you fall back, don't give up. Find out in what situation it happened and try to find out with what (alternative) behaviour you can react in the future. If you manage to come through the same situation next time, you have become stronger.
    The desire to smoke is one of the first things you notice when you stop smoking. Such a moment lasts a few minutes.

    It comes, stays for a while and then goes. If you have stopped smoking recently, you will have that desire more often than after a few weeks.

    After a while, the periods between 'wanting to smoke' get longer and longer.

    Ultimately, the desire to smoke diminishes. Nicotine patches, self-help books and your doctor can help you to stop smoking.

    Also, health care centres usually have special "quit smoking" programs.



    Ref: wen4health.info

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    Re: Best Ways to Quit Smoking

    Top 20 Tips to Stop Smoking

    1. Believe in yourself. Believe that you can quit. Think about some of the most difficult things you have done in your life and realize that you have the guts and determination to quit smoking. It's up to you.

    2. After reading this list, sit down and write your own list, customized to your personality and way of doing things. Create you own plan for quitting.

    3. Write down why you want to quit (the benefits of quitting): live longer, feel better, for your family, save money, smell better, find a mate more easily, etc. You know what's bad about
    smoking and you know what you'll get by quitting. Put it on paper and read it daily.

    4. Ask your family and friends to support your decision to quit. Ask them to be completely upportive and non-judgmental. Let them know ahead of time that you will probably be irritable and even irrational while you withdraw from your smoking habit.

    5. Set a quit date. Decide what day you will extinguish your cigarettes forever. Write it down. Plan for it. Prepare your mind for the "first day of the rest of your life". You might even hold a small ceremony when you smoke you last cigarette, or on the morning of the quit date.

    6. Talk with your doctor about quitting. Support and guidance from a physician is a proven way to better your chances to quit.

    7. Begin an exercise program. Exercise is simply incompatible with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body recover from years of damage from cigarettes. If necessary, start slow, with a short walk once or twice per day. Build up to 30 to 40 minutes of rigorous activity, 3 or 4 times per week. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

    8. Do some deep breathing each day for 3 to 5 minutes. Breathe in through your nose very slowly, hold the breath for a few seconds, and exhale very slowly through your mouth. Try doing your breathing with your eyes closed and go to step 9.

    9. Visualize your way to becoming a non-smoker. While doing your deep breathing in step 8, you can close your eyes and begin to imagine yourself as a non-smoker. See yourself enjoying your exercise in step 7. See yourself turning down a cigarette that someone offers you. See yourself throwing all your cigarettes away, and winning a gold medal for doing so. Develop your own creative visualizations. Visualization works.

    10. Cut back on cigarettes gradually (if you cut back gradually, be sure to set a quit date on which you WILL quit). Ways to cut back gradually include: plan how many cigarettes you will smoke each day until your quit date, making the number you smoke smaller each day; buy only one pack at a time; change brands so you don't enjoy smoking as much; give your cigarettes to someone else, so that you have to ask for them each time you want to
    smoke.

    11. Quit smoking "cold turkey". Many smokers find that the only way they can truly quit once and for all is to just quit abruptly without trying to slowly taper off. Find the method
    that works best for you: gradually quitting or cold turkey. If one way doesn't work do the other.

    12. Find another smoker who is trying to quit, and help each other with positive words and by lending an ear when quitting becomes difficult. Visit this Bulletin Board and this Chat Room to find a "quit buddy."

    13. Have your teeth cleaned. Enjoy the way your teeth look and feel and plan to keep them that way.

    14. After you quit, plan to celebrate the milestones in your journey to becoming a non-smoker. After two weeks of being smoke-free, see a movie. After a month, go to a fancy restaurant
    (be sure to sit in the non-smoking section). After three months, go for a long weekend to a favorite get-away. After six months, buy yourself something frivolous. After a year, have a party for yourself. Invite your family and friends to your "birthday" party and celebrate your new chance at a long, healthy life.

    15. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you anyway, and most people don't get enough. It will help flush the nicotine and other chemicals out of your body, plus it can help reduce
    cravings by fulfilling the "oral desires" that you may have.

    16. Learn what triggers your desire for a cigarette, such as stress, the end of a meal, arrival at work, entering a bar, etc. Avoid these triggers or if that's impossible, plan alternative
    ways to deal with the triggers.

    17. Find something to hold in your hand and mouth, to replace cigarettes. Consider drinking straws or you might try an artificial cigarette called E-Z

    18. Write yourself an inspirational song or poem about quitting, cigarettes, and what it means to you to quit. Read it daily.

    19. Keep a picture of your family or someone very important to you with you at all times. On a piece of paper, write the words "I'm quitting for myself and for you (or "them")". Tape your
    written message to the picture. Whenever you have the urge to smoke, look at the picture and read the message.

    20. Whenever you have a craving for a cigarette, instead of lighting up, write down your feelings or whatever is on your mind. Keep this "journal" with you at all times.

    Last edited by Parasakthi; 19th Aug 2011 at 06:08 PM.

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