Here Are The Most Effective Tips To Quit Smoking

Smoking And Its Hazard

Cigarette smoke can harm anyone who inhales it and not just the smoker. As countless articles, people, and newspapers say, smoke is dangerous and can make you sick.

So are you ready to quit smoking? Every smoker has his or her own personal motivation for quitting and it is never too late to quit smoking. There are many benefits to be gained no matter what age you are when you give up. Here are some tips to help you kick the dangerous nicotine habit.

Make a list of reasons to stay motivated

Before you decide on your quit day, you need to draw up a list of reasons why you want to quit. Write down all the reasons that have made you decide to quit smoking, and always carry them with you in case you need reminding. Many people’s motivations for quitting differ but some good examples are to improve your health, to save money and because you are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant.

Think about what is most important to you and write it down. Both you and the people in your life will breathe easier when you quit and you will reap immediate and long-term rewards. Remind yourself of these rewards of quitting to help yourself stay on track when tempted to smoke.

Get support

You need to get as much support as you can from your family, friends and work colleagues. Let them know you are planning to quit and ask all the smokers not to smoke around you or offer you any cigarettes. Quitting with a friend can also be an excellent idea since you can share your feelings and encourage each other along the way.

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Also, set a date to quit and tell everyone and stick to it. This is important because it gives you definite a goal to achieve. And setting a quit date means that you have time to create a plan and find people who will support you. It is recommended that you stop smoking completely on the quit date you have zeroed on.

Look forward

Always try to remember you are not giving up anything because cigarettes do absolutely nothing for you at all. They provide you with no genuine pleasure or positive benefits, they simply keep you addicted to nicotine. You need to get it clearly into your mind that you are losing nothing.

You will be making positive gains not only in health, energy and money but also in confidence, self-respect, freedom and, most important of all, in the length and quality of your future life. You are going to enjoy being a non-smoker right from the moment you put out your last cigarette and you should look forward to that last moment.

Remove all temptations and get active

Throw out all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters and anything else that might remind you of smoking and also wash your clothes and clean your car to remove the smell of smoke from them. Then plan ahead for situations in which you are likely to be tempted to smoke, such as parties, drinking and try to avoid these situations in the early stages of your quitting program.

If you drink a lot of coffee, you may want to cut down on your coffee intake as you will retain more caffeine when there is no nicotine in your system. Since coffee can make you feel jittery which will not help your plan to quit. It is also best to avoid alcohol as many people find it hard to resist smoking when they drink. Smoking is known to cause damage to your lungs, which is why you might feel winded after walking up a flight of stairs or gasping for breath after running to catch the bus. After you have quit, get active and start walking more often and exercise your lungs.

The fitter your body gets, the less you want to ruin that by smoking again. Also, being active will keep you busy and you will not be distracted by thoughts tempting you to smoke.

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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.