Scientists say that smoking kills about five million people each year. If you do not want to become one of its victims soon, you need to give up your bad habit. In fact, deep in their hearts, most smokers know how harmful smoking is, but it can be extremely difficult for them to quit it. They understand that cigarettes increase risk for stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and many other health concerns, but they still continue smoking.
This is because nicotine1 is very addictive and easily accessible and leaving off smoking is really hard.
Fortunately, now there are very many systems, programs and tools for those who want to quit smoking. So, if you have decided that it is high time to give up cigarettes, you can choose the most suitable approach.
How Smoking Damages Your Health
First of all, you should understand how cigarettes hurt you. Print out the following list and put in some visible location.
Smoking increases risk of cancer
Smoking makes your bones thin and fragile
Smoking reduces your fertility and increases probability of impotence.
Smoking increases risk of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease
Smoking affects memory and mental capacity
Whenever you are going to light up, look at the list and think of how smoking kills you.
How to Give Up Smoking
The following tips will be useful for you.
Write down two lists. One of them will consist of things that you enjoy about smoking. The other one will include things that you dislike. Set it aside for some days and then make necessary changes. You may ask your friends and family about what they do not like about your bad habit. You will be ready to quit smoking when you realize that the negative things outweigh those that are positive.
Do not quit when you are under stress or depressed. Start giving up smoking when you are in a genial mood.
Set a date when you are going to give up smoking.
Do not smoke cigarettes of the same brand. Switching brands will make your habit less pleasing.
Do not buy cartons of cigarettes anymore. Buy one pack at a time.
Carry no more than three cigarettes with you.
Find out what times of a day your cravings for smoking are intensified. Then try to occupy those periods with some interesting activities. Make a list of things that you can do when cravings hit (playing with your child, taking a nap, drinking coffee, etc).
Throw away everything that can remind you of your habit, when the quit date comes. Get rid of cigarettes, lighters, matches, ashtrays, etc.
Replace cigarette breaks with computer games, like solitaire. If you are not allowed to play games at work, make phone calls instead, or go for a walk.
Steer clear of the places where smokers gather.
Your home, car, or office should be smoke-free zones. Ask other people not to smoke when they are near you.
Several nuts in shell will replace one cigarette for you.
Drink a cup of green tea whenever you crave for a cigarette. It will relieve your stress better than smoking.
You can also suck a toothpick with cinnamon flavor whenever you want to smoke.
Go to an acupuncturist2. Many ex-smokers were able to quit cigarettes due to auricular3 acupuncture4.
Change your daily routine in order to reduce cravings.
Put the money that you save on cigarettes in a glass jar. It will give you a possibility to realize how much money is spent on smoking. In fact, if you smoke one pack a day, you spend about ,500 during a year.
Start playing tennis or at least imagine yourself playing. Researchers say it helps to quit smoking.
If you have a relapse, do not get frustrated and start again. If does not mean that you have failed. Many people have to give up smoking some times before they are able to do it for good.
If you do not know how to quit smoking by yourself, find a doctor who will help you with it.