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  • Stop Once and for All
    If you’ve ever tried to put down cigarettes, you know that stopping is easier said than done. But you also know it can be done. If you’re considering putting an end to your habit, here are a few tips to make this the last time you do it. Read >>
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Stop Once and for All

Put an end to your smoking habit for the last time.

You’ve heard it over and over again: You need to stop smoking. And chances are you’ve tried over and over again to end your addiction. However, if you’ve ever tried to put down cigarettes, you know that stopping is easier said than done. But you also know it can be done. Thousands of addicts have successfully quit smoking, and a few of them are your friends. Yes, they may still have a craving every once in a while, but they no longer give in. Because they have the tools in place to leave smoking in their past.

Bad as black lungs are, that’s not the only danger of smoking. The toxins you inhale affect every cell in your body, putting you at an increased risk for countless diseases and health conditions.

If you’re considering putting an end to your habit, here are a few tips to make this the last time you do it.

Make a Plan

As with many things in life, you’re more likely to succeed in quitting if you start with a plan. You can make your own, talk with your doctor to come up with one, or use an app. There are various methods to go about it and the same plan doesn’t work for everyone.

Will you go cold turkey without any outside therapy or medication? While this method has a low success rate, it may be worth a try if you have incredible will power.

Many people find behavioral therapy with a trained counselor to help them quit smoking. A counselor can work with you to discover the emotions or situations that tempt you to smoke and help you develop a plan to overcome your cravings.

Nicotine replacement therapy through the use of patches, gum, sprays, inhalers, or lozenges can help wean you off nicotine while avoiding tobacco. This is a common method that has provided success to many through the years.
Various prescription medications are available to reduce your cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms. Before jumping on this train, talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of taking medication. It can be just what you need, but all medications come with their fair share of potential side effects.

Most of the time, a combination of treatments along with the support of family and friends is likely the best bet at successfully quitting.

Distract Yourself

Staying busy may help the first few days of quitting. So have coping strategies ready to distract you when cravings hit. Go for a walk, chew gum or suck on candy, eat fruits or veggies, play a game on your phone, drink water or tea, watch a movie, take a hot bath, or hang out with non-smoking friends. Keep a fidget toy handy for when your fingers start craving the feel of a cigarette. Whatever distractions keep you from wanting the comfort of holding a cigarette in your hand, go with it.

Get Support

Quitting your smoking habit can’t be done alone. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers your plan to quit and ask for their support. Let them know specific ways they can help. You may have greater luck if you find a friend who wants to quit with you. You can encourage and keep each other accountable.

Avoid Triggers

Are there things that make you want to smoke? Being around certain people, being in a particular place, or having specific emotions (boredom, stress, or anger) can all trigger cravings. To successfully quit smoking, in the beginning you’ve got to avoid those triggers. Hang out with nonsmoking friends in nonsmoking areas. Throw away all smoking supplies and thoroughly clean your home, car, and clothes to eliminate the smell. Change your daily routine to avoid places where you enjoy smoking. Additionally, you’ll want to get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a balanced diet.

Stay Focused

The times you feel like giving up and giving in, remind yourself of all the reasons why you’re quitting. You want to be around to see the grandkids, save money, and feel better about yourself. You don’t want cancer, disease, yellow teeth, and wrinkles.

And take one minute, hour, and day at a time. Stay in the moment and think of how well you’ve done so far. If it helps, set goals and reward yourself for reaching them. Whatever you do—don’t give up. There are a lot of people rooting for you.