5 Common Ways to Quit Smoking

It seems our habits from the past seem to follow us, especially if those habits are addictive. If smoking is one of your habits, then you understand. With new laws prohibiting smoking, new studies showing even more dreary health conditions caused by this bad habit, many are choosing to quit. This of course is not easy. If you are choosing to give up smoking, there are common ways to quit that have proven successful if you truly have the desire to kick the habit. Here are 5 of the most common and effective ways to quit smoking to increase your health and prolong your life.

Quitting Cold Turkey:

This is by far the hardest way to quit smoking. Even though this is a hard method to stick to, it can be done, has been done, and is the healthiest way to quit. Deciding to quit cold turkey requires a lot of preparation, strict discipline, and will power.

If you are trying to quit, you should avoid caffeine, avoid other smokers, and find another way to combat the oral fixation, for instance chew gum. Others find success in replacing a cigarette with a carrot stick or celery.

The good news is that the cravings are temporary. If you can make it 3-4 weeks without smoking, you have effectively quit. There is only a success rate of 4%-7% who choose this method, but with the right discipline, preparation and support, you can do it.

Cutting Down Gradually:

For those who can’t just quit cold turkey, cutting down gradually has been effective. Determine how many cigarettes you smoke a day and continue to cut that down one a time. If you are a pack a day smoker, try smoking only 10 for the day. The next day, smoke only 8 and so on. Soon you will find yourself smoking 5 a day, then 3, 1, and done. As soon as you find yourself at 1 a day, just stop.

That one cigarette a day doesn’t offer the satisfaction you felt as a full time smoker and is pointless. The hard part of this method is not going back to smoking in the future.

Stop Smoking Pills:

The medical community has developed a pill for almost any condition. Smoking is one of them. Zyban and Chantix are pills that curb your cravings and assist in quitting. Many have found success with this method as the cravings are the hardest part of quitting. These pills are usually by prescription only, so consult your doctor about whether or not it is right for you.


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There are many skeptics when it comes to hypnosis, however, many ex-smokers swear by it. This method is achieved by placing you in a state of relaxation where your mind and body are both relaxed and open to suggestion. The hypnotist then cleverly words influences that put your mind and body on the same track to achieve success. You can choose to be hypnotized by a professional or purchase a self-inducing program that may also be effective.

Smoking Aids:

There are hundreds of smoking aids on the market, ranging from nicotine gum, to patches, to smokeless electronic cigarettes. These aids offer a small amount of nicotine and are designed to wean you off cigarettes altogether. Some have found success while others still feel the craving for more nicotine. Each person responds differently, so see if it works for you.

Smoking contributes to a variety of health problems such as cancer and heart disease. Quitting smoking doesn’t just help you end the damage being caused to your body, but also allows your body to heal from some of the damage already caused. It is never too late to quit and create a smoke free healthier you.

Guest author Andrew Rios is a freelance blogger writing for Accessrx a site where you can order medications online. Learn more by following them on their Accessrx Twitter.

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