If good health matters to you, you absolutely must stop smoking. It’s known that tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, of which more than 50 have been identified carcinogens. The good news is that once you stop smoking it’s possible for you to reduce the risk of cancer to same level of non-smokers.
Various measure, like nicotine-containing skin patches or chewing gum, acupuncture, and hypnosis, have all been shown to provide some benefits, but not much.
No matter what strategy used, it appears the best results occur when people just give up the habit and addiction rather trying to taper down.
Here are 10 steps to help you quit
- List all the reason you want to quit smoking and review them every day.
- Set a specific day to quit, tell at least 10 friends you are going to quit and let them do so
- Dispose of all the cigarettes, butts, matches and ashtrays. If you feel the need to have something in your mouth chew gums, raw vegetables or fruits. If your fingers seem empty play with pencil.
- Take one day at a time, it’s a gradual process
- Realize that millions have quit via this process, if they can you too can
- Visualize yourself as a non-smoker with a fatter pocketbook, pleasant breath, unstained teeth, and satisfaction that comes from being in control of your life.
- You can join an online support group. Doing so appears to double or even triple success rates.
- When in need to relax, perform deep breathing exercises rather than reaching for a cigarette
- Avoid situations that you associate with smoking
- Each day you don’t smoke, reward yourself. Buy yourself something with the money you’ve saved, or plan a special reward as a celebration for quitting.