Top Tips For Giving Up Smoking

Top Tips For Giving Up Smoking

Top Tips for Giving Up Smoking. Always wanted to quit smoking, then here's your big chance! Follow the guidelines of Videojug, and you'll soon be smoke-free. give up smoking in no time!

Step 1: DECIDE TO GIVE UP AND THINK POSITIVE

Before you actually stop smoking, think positively about the benefits, for you, your friends and family.

90% of smokers say they want to stop for the sake of their health.

And for men smoking can be a cause for becoming impotent.

The senses of taste and smell are dulled by smoking .

And it has long been acknowledged that non smokers live longer, healthier lives than smokers.

Most people choose to give up for health reasons: it's hard to be fit when you get out of breath or have a persistent cough. As more and more people are giving up, you may well find that more of your friends are non-smokers than smokers.

Step 2: DESTROY ALL CIGARETTES

Throw away or destroy all cigarettes and any other smoking paraphernalia.

If you really want to kick the habit, you've already overcome the first hurdle.

Even if you have some cigarettes left, seize the moment and throw them away. You will feel stronger in your resolve when you do this.

Step 3: GET HELP AND SUPPORT

There's a lot of support available for people wanting to

quit smoking and the first step could be to see your doctor.

You can also find lot of support on the internet and some of the organizations dedicated to helping smokers kick the habit are:

ASH, a public health charity;

and QUIT, an independent charity.

In the United States there is Quit Smoking

and an Australian site is Quit Now.

Smoking help lines and email motivational support are also available on these sites.

Here are some of the many websites available:

www.givingupsmoking.co.uk

www.quit.org.uk

www.ash.org.uk

www.quitnow.info.au

www.quitsmoking.about.com

The NHS helpline number is 0800 169 0 169

Step 4: KEEP A SMOKING DIARY OR LOG

To help you fully understand your smoking habit and addiction keep a smoking diary or log.

Write down the times and places when you smoke and what you are doing, who you are with.

This will be vital information as you give up smoking, helping you to avoid those moments when you know you will want a cigarette.

Step 5: CONSIDER NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

NRT helps with nicotine withdrawal and is available in the form of patches, lozenges, chewing gum, nasal spray and inhalers.

Figures show that it roughly doubles your chance of success. Taking a small amount of nicotine allows you to reduce your dependence whilst taking the edge off your desire for a cigarette.

Step 6: ASK DOCTOR ABOUT ZYBAN

Zyban is a new prescription drug. It takes away the buzz of smoking and many smokers stop within two weeks of taking it.

Currently, Zyban is available only on prescription, so you will need to visit your doctor in order to find out about this.

Step 7: TRY ACUPUNCTURE

If you don't mind needles, why not try acupuncture? It really isn't painful and some smokers have found it very valuable in the fight to give up.

Acupuncture has been used successfully in China for thousands of years.

Although you may feel nervous about acupuncture, it really doesn't hurt.

Acupuncture patients report a drop in their desire to smoke.

Its use is growing within the NHS and it is a safe treatment if carried out by a trained practitioner.

Step 8: TRY HYPNOTHERAPY

Many ex-smokers have used hypnotherapy to help them quit.

Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious, busy mind to plant suggestions in your unconscious to support you in giving up.

Step 9: CHOOSE BEST METHOD FOR YOU

Only you can decide which method is the best for you. You may like to try a variety to see which you prefer. There is no one right way. What matters is to use whatever works best for you.

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