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Quit Smoking Tips – What You Need To Know

By Shawn Onseo

More and more people seem to be on the bandwagon for trying to quit smoking, whether if it’s for their health, social matters, or due to the ongoing rise in the cost of cigarettes and taxes. However, many still find that, despite all of the aids out there, that quitting isn’t as easy as they would hope for. In the end, there are some stop smoking tips that you can use that may help in making the transition run more smoothly.

Knowing how to quit effectively comes down to knowing what your habitual triggers are. Although nicotine is certainly addictive, so too are the habits that we also associate smoking with. For instance, some people are often in the habit of smoking because they like the feel of inhalation or holding the cigarette, whether in their hand or mouth.

Some individuals may actually be in a pattern when involving their overall daily routine, like smoking after they wake up or after meals, during times that they’re socializing or drinking, or because they are feeling emotionally stressed. These are psychological and physical habits, which can be just as addictive as the nicotine itself.

Regardless if your approach is by weaning yourself off slowly, quitting cold turkey, or through other methods, breaking your pattern is important. This is something that can be achieved by recognizing your triggers and what you’re doing when you grab your pack and smoke. If you are into the physical feeling of actually holding a cigarette or inhaling the smoke, you can try methods that work around this. For example, you can try eating carrot sticks that have been soaked in sugar water, taking deep breaths to simulate inhaling, having candy or licorice nearby, or trying electronic cigarettes.

No matter what your reason for quitting is, it’s important to use those reasons or goals and put them to your advantage. Many people tend to fear stopping because they feel that they’ll put on weight, when in reality smoking actually slows your metabolism down. During moments where you feel like smoking or you happen to be upset, try to use that time to workout, since this will not only distract you, but will also trigger your endorphins, which work very much like nicotine in the respect of calming or triggering happiness. Even going for a brisk walk around the block helps.

If you happen to be quitting in order to save money or because you can’t afford it, try to reward yourself with small treats as you can. You can set personal goals after you quit or cut back, saving up for an item that you normally couldn’t afford or wouldn’t normally splurge on. Even setting up a bank account for this purpose helps. You may also feel further motivated by knowing how much you’re truly saving by quitting, especially due to the hike in taxes and prices.

There are numerous stop smoking tips and aids out there, but what is important is making sure that these coincide with your triggers. This goes along with virtually anything that represents a life change, whether it involves quitting, dieting, saving money and so forth. Try to find a means to distract and reward yourself so that you can break those habits and trigger your brain into action during urges. You can even try simple techniques, like keeping a rubber band around your wrist to snap when you feel a craving, triggering your brain into action.

See more about stop smoking products at www.HealthHints.org. Visit Shawn Onseo’s site to find information on health hints on diets, weight loss, stop smoking and more.

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Onseo, Shawn "Quit Smoking Tips – What You Need To Know." Quit Smoking Tips – What You Need To Know. 7 Oct. 2010. uberarticles.com. 13 Sep 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/quit-smoking-tips-what-you-need-to-know/>.

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