Ways To Stop Smoking Today

By Jamie Yeok

You've made the decision to quit smoking and that's great. You are giving yourself a new lease on life, and proper chances to have loving relationships with people around you that last. You have in all likelihood come to a place where you realize that you need, and possibly want, to quit smoking.

If you're looking for the best method, our suggestion is to do your research well. The last thing you want to do is to pick the method that is the least effective. Now that you've made the decision to quit, treat it as a professional decision. Don't go about quitting half-heartedly. Know the pros and cons of the method you choose. Know the side effects. Explore hypnosis and acupuncture as possible secondary treatments. Speak to your doctor so that they can best advice and support you in your decision to regain a healthy life.

One option is to go cold turkey and stop like you started. Instead of lighting up for the first time, you're essentially reversing the process and snuffing out your cigarette for the first time, over and over again. Or you use prescription drugs, such as Chantix and Zyban, or stop smoking aids which can be purchased over the counter.

If you opt for the natural cold turkey approach, do look into hypnosis or life coaching to support you with your decision.

If you decide to opt for the prescription drug route, do so with care, and consult with your doctor. The prescription drug treatments do have the potential for dangerous side-effects and their use needs to be controlled. Prescription drugs will help reduce your craving. You start taking the drug prior to your official quit date. Critics alert smokers opting for these stop-smoking drugs to the dangers that prescription drugs pose.

If you decide to use a stop-smoking aid, its likely to come in the form of the patch, gum or lozenges. These treatments are called NRT or Nicotine Replacement Therapy. NRT controls how much nicotine enters your bloodstream and helps you lower your cravings until you have none. The patch and the gum work in the same way and its up to you which one you choose.

One important consideration to make is to look at the reason behind your habit of smoking. If you can address where the need to smoke comes from, this will help avoid the smoker from returning to smoking.

Other choices to drugs and aids are "cold turkey," acupuncture and hypnosis. - 30540

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