Congratulations. The fact that you’re reading this only means that you want to stop smoking. It might be an easy decision, but it will surely be a difficult goal to see through. But don’t fret! This article will provide you some tips as well as a lot of encouragement to help you quit smoking.
Smoking exposes people to many health risks including heart attack, emphysema and other lung cancers, and tuberculosis. It is no wonder then that many smokers are struggling to quit their habit. It is also no wonder that many of the world’s countries are finding ways to curb smoking such as banning advertising placements and increasing tax collections on cigarette manufacturing companies.
Evidently, it takes more than an ad ban and a tax increase for people to stop smoking. To achieve success, you have to want to stop smoking. You must do away with all excuses for smoking. You must ignore all the “good” smoking brings for they will not compensate for the risks you expose yourself to.
Also, take note of the following tips.
1. Hang out in places where smoking is banned. Many have associated cigarettes with having coffee or beer, reading and writing, etc. so they tend to smoke more while doing all of those things. So if your favorite coffee shop or bookstore has a smoking area, try to find another place you can frequent that has no smoking area. If that is too inconvenient for you, then try to find a table in the non-smoking area.
2. Drink plenty of water. Smokers usually reach for cigarettes when they begin to feel hungry. According to them, cigarettes make one feel full. Here’s a cool trivia, it is easy to mistake thirst for hunger. So, if you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and the feeling will go away. So will the craving for a cigarette.
3. Find a buddy. Smokers who hang out with smoker friends find it significantly more difficult to quit smoking. This is so because they always find somebody who will smoke with them. Of course, you cannot expect all your friends to stop smoking altogether. Find a friend who will stop smoking with you. Make a deal to support each other and to remind each other of your goals.
At the end of the day, it’s all about self-control and will to quit smoking, especially if it has been years since you started. Constantly remind yourself that you can do it and you will soon reach non-smoker status.
Wicks is a free lancer writer of www.cancersigns.net/