Best Ways to Quit Smoking

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Everyone know the numerous health risks of smoking, but does it make to quit smoking easier.

Once you are addicted to smoking, it can be an automatic response and becomes a daily ritual just as having a tea or coffee, quitting can be really tough. But if you have decided to quit smoking, believe us, you have won half the battle. Quitting smoking doesn’t happen in a day, it will take some time. Smoking is not just physical addiction but psychological too. So you have to mentally prepare your mind to quit smoking and cope with the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Here are some the best ways to quit smoking.

Prepare for Quit Day

There are many ways to quit smoking but finally you have to decide whether you want to quit abruptly (cold turkey) or quit gradually. Set a quit date and tell your family, friends and colleagues. Pick a date that is not too far, may be in the next two weeks. Prepare your mind for the challenges you will face while quitting.

Behavioural Therapy

After your quit day, your dependence on smoking makes it challenging to stay away from it. You need to tackle this dependence. Try meeting a counsellor and discuss your smoking addiction habit. Find your triggers and come up with a plan to get through the cravings. You can also go through some self-help and support materials.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine is potent stimulant and is highly addictive drug found in all the tobacco products. Many things have been introduced into the market as nicotine alternates such as nicotine gums, sprays, inhalers and lozenges. These things give you nicotine without the use of tobacco. But remember your goal is to end nicotine not just simply quitting tobacco.

Consider Medication

The Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) have approved two prescription medications which are non-nicotine containing that can help smokers to quit. These drugs are  bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix). Bupropion reduces nicotine cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Varenicline interferes with nicotine receptors.

Alternative Therapies

You can also try some alternative therapies or a combination of therapies. Alternative therapies that may help you to quit smoking include e-cigarettes, smoking deterrents, cold laser therapy, yoga and meditation. It does not matter which method you use, pick the one that best suits for you to quit smoking.