How to Quit Smoking

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Whether you’re an occasional smoker or a chain smoker, deciding to quit this unhealthy habit can be daunting. If you don’t have the proper mindset and if you don’t have the proper support systems then you can easily fall back into the habit without even realizing it. It can be difficult to stop since smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. Eliminating that temporary high you get from nicotine can cause withdrawal symptoms and it might even cause additional stress. In addition, the act of smoking is already ingrained as a ritual. For instance, it can be an automatic response to have a smoke with your coffee or while taking a break in work. If you have relatives or friends that regularly smoke also makes it easier for your part to smoke without consciously doing so.
To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and that habits that come with it. Deciding to quit is actually one of the first of a few steps. We’ve outlined a few more steps so that you will make the transition from smoking to avoiding it smooth and avoid any chances of relapsing.
Have a Plan
While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey (abruptly stopping it), a lot of people do better in the long run by sticking to a plan. A good plan addresses both the short-term challenge of quitting smoking and also the long-term challenge to prevent relapse. Bear in mind that it should be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.
Motivate Yourself
Instead of thinking “I don’t want to get cancer when I’m 50 or 60”, try to make your motivation more directed in the short term and think “It’s embarrassing to be in a public space and smell like a giant ci...

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...our little accomplishments or frustrating experiences with your attempts to quit smoking.
When you also get your friends on board your decision, they will be able to help you steer clear of places or situations that provoke your cravings. Like instead of going to a pub which encourages smoking, you and your friends can go instead to a pub which doesn’t allow smoking and they will be able to remind you when you unconsciously pull out a cigarette or buy a new pack.

The road to quitting smoking can be very difficult physically and mentally. Preparing yourself and realizing that there will always be ups and downs is very crucial. As you will find out, knowing how to quit smoking is just the tip of the iceberg – the real challenge will be to maintain it and avoid going back.

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