It needs to be understood that, it is the nicotine that causes the craving to smoke and due to this one is unnecessarily also smoking tobacco which is extremely harmful. It is therefore suggested to find a replacement where one can get the satisfaction of nicotine but in a healthier way without the harmful tobacco ingredients in it. Eventually one can then also cut down on the nicotine intake and take steps close to quitting smoking.

The resistance though, won’t come easy. Here are top five ways to quit smoking cigarettes.

Top 5 ways to quit smoking cigarettes

  1. Consider Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – Consult your doctor for the appropriate NRT medication. While the nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays require prescription, nicotine lozenges, gums and patches are available over the counter. Some NRTs can be addictive themselves. Nicotine patches amongst all NRTs are considered to be the least addictive.
  2. Switch to e-cigarettes E-cigarettes are considered to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. It produces only vapor (not smoke), by heating the electronic cigarette liquid, which may or may not contain nicotine. E-cigarettes are free of the harmful, chemical-rich tar present in tobacco, and helps quit smoking, by functioning like NRTs. In fact, research shows that one out of ten people, who switched to e-cigarettes, were able to quit smoking successfully.
  3. Stay away from triggers – The urge to smoke can be the strongest, in places or situations, where you’ve smoked often before. Make a list of these places and/ or situations, and devise ways to cope up with the cravings. For example, if you were in the habit of smoking when talking to your clients over the phone, consider keeping a pen and paper to doodle through the conversation, and distract yourself from the trigger.
  4. Engage in physical activities – Engaging in some sort of physical activity, can be a good way to overcome nicotine cravings. Simply take a walk around your building compound, or free-hand exercises, such as pushups, squats, walking up & down the stairs, etc. 30 minutes of physical activity, should be more than enough to get over with your nicotine cravings.
  5. Plan how to tackle the “just one” tendency – Common to all smokers, who are trying to quit smoking, the “just one” tendency, can be difficult to resist. However, you’d be fooling yourself to believe, that having that one cigarette will help you stop smoking forever. More often than not, that one cigarette can lead to another, and eventually you’ll be back to smoking once again. Make sure you let your friends and family know about your desire to quit smoking. They can always help you battle this habit.

Remember, resisting the urge to smoke each time, will take you a step closer to quitting smoking. Don’t give up, even if you give in to the temptation of smoking again. Very few people are successful the first time. Give yourself a second, or even a third chance. The determination to beat the urge makes all the difference.

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