How To Quit Smoking
No one pretends that giving up smoking is
easy and this is borne out by the large numbers of people who
try to quit and then start again after a few weeks or months.
One survey has shown that 70% of all smokers would like to
quit, but only 7% were still free of the habit after a year.
But times are changing, more and more countries are imposing
smoking bans both on public buildings and private commercial
premises such as restaurants and bars. So the pressure on
smokers is growing as are the number of products and services
to help people to quit. All of which must be good news for all
those who want to stop smoking but have not yet succeeded.
The reasons for stopping smoking are clear,
health and cost. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease and
lung cancer as well as many other conditions. According to the
American Cancer Society smoking is the cause of 87% of lung
cancer deaths and 30% of deaths from other forms of cancer. As
to cost, it is estimated that the 45 million Americans who
smoke spend some $4 billion a month on their habit.
There are a large number of quit smoking
products and services available today, ranging from herbal
supplements and prescription drugs to acupuncture and hypnosis.
Products to help you overcome the nicotine craving come in the
form of pills, lozenges, gum and patches. Other methods include
counseling and group therapies. These will be discussed in
greater detail on subsequent pages.
To succeed in giving up smoking you have to
overcome two problems. Nicotine withdrawal is the largest of
these and this is where pills can help. You also have to break
the habits associated with cigarettes. Think about the times
and places where you automatically reach for your pack. Try to
vary your routine so that you no longer receive the automatic
messages that "this is where I always pull out a
Although giving up smoking is difficult, the
public pressure of smoking bans and the availability of new
products and services makes quitting easier than it has been in
the past. The one essential element that you have to provide is
the decision to stop smoking. Without this no pills or
treatments will have any chance of success. So if you really
want to quit, make your decision and with the help of the
modern quit smoking aids you will find that the process is not
as hard as you imagined.
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