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Give It Up for Good

Proven ways to quit smoking.

Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it’s not easy. The triggers and temptations are still there. The taste may still be in your mouth and the urge may be strong. But there’s good news. You can quit, and people just like you do it all the time. That’s right! After years or decades of smoking, you can be set free from your addiction and begin a cigarette-free life.

Of course, if you’ve failed in the past, you know it may take trial and error to find a method of quitting that works for you. And what works for one person may not do the trick for you. But if you stick with it, it can happen. Read on to learn proven ways of quitting and implement one that appeals to you today.

Set a Date

You’ve been thinking about quitting for a while but just haven’t made the move. Well, the time is now. Set a quit date and then prepare yourself. Research the various methods of quitting and choose whichever method you think will work best for you. If you’ve tried to quit in the past, think about why you failed and plan accordingly.

As you prepare for your quit date, tell your friends and family about your decision and ask for their support. Sign up for a support group. Purchase gum, hard candy, carrot sticks, straws, or toothpicks to help distract you from your cravings.

Cold Turkey

Smoking one day and quitting for good the next isn’t for everyone, but it may be the best way for you to go. If you go with this technique, throw away your cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters, and anything else that leads you down the smoking path. Say good riddance to it all, and never look back.

Medications

Two non-nicotine drugs are available by prescription. Zyban and Chantix work to help you quit smoking by reducing cravings and limiting withdrawal symptoms. Each medication is taken for 12 weeks, and if you quit smoking in that time, you can take the medication for three to six month longer to reduce your risk of a relapse. These medications boast impressive results but they come with possible negative side effects, so take them under the supervision of your doctor.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Other medications, called nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), contain a small amount of nicotine but no other harmful chemicals. NRTs work to slowly reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. There are both over-the-counter and prescription NRTs available and come in the form of patches placed on the skin, chewing gum, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal sprays. Nicotine replacement therapies are typically most successful when used with other quitting strategies.

Emotional Support

Accountability plays a big role in overcoming an addiction. Many people find that medications combined with professional counseling and/or support groups lead to successful quitting. Individual counseling provides support, advice, and accountability on the road to a smoke-free life. With group therapy, you realize you’re not alone on your journey. If others can do it, so can you!

Alternative Therapies

While there isn’t as much evidence to support the success rate of alternative therapies, many people swear by them. Hypnosis, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, magnet therapy, nicotine lollipops or lip balms, tobacco strips, filters, e-cigarettes, smoking deterrents, herbs, supplements, yoga, and mindfulness are all examples of alternative therapies that some have used to stop smoking. If you’re into alternative medication and therapy, one of these could be just what you need.

Distract Yourself

If possible, avoid triggers. These may be places you used to smoke, people you used to smoke with, or stress. Have a plan to distract yourself when cravings hit. That plan may involve chewing gum, going for a run, doing jumping jacks, sucking on candy, journaling, cleaning the house, or calling a friend. If stress is a trigger, practice healthy ways of coping with stress. Do deep-breathing exercises, turn on calming music, go for a walk, or do yoga.

And remember—no matter what it takes, quitting is worth it. When you face a setback, get back on your no-smoking horse and keep riding!