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Monday, October 12, 2015

How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes On Your Own

How to quit smoking


Smoking is unhealthy and can cause severe negative health consequences for you and everyone around them. Smoking is known to cause lung cancer, heart attacks, and emphysema along with several other health related problems. Those around you that breathe in your smoke are also at risk. These are just some of the reasons why you should quit. Continue reading to discover several best ways to quit smoking.

Tips to help you quit Smoking Cigarettes

  • Believe in yourself. Believe that you can quit smoking cigarettes.
  • Write down reasons why you should quit to increase the chances that you actually do quit. When something is put into writing, it may have an affect on how you think about things. You may become more motivated to remain on the path, and therefore, you may even find quitting to be less of a challenge.
  • Set a quit smoking date. Decide what day you will extinguish your cigarettes forever. Write it down. Plan for it. Prepare your mind for the “first day of the rest of your life”. You might even hold a small ceremony when you smoke you last cigarette, or on the morning of the quit date.
  • Talk with your doctor about quitting cigarette. Support and guidance from a physician is a proven way to better your chances to quit.
  • Begin an exercise program. Exercise is simply incompatible with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body recover from years of damage from cigarettes. If necessary, start slow, with a short walk once or twice per day. Build up to 30 to 40 minutes of rigorous activity, 3 or 4 times per week. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
  • Do some deep breathing each day for 4 to 5 minutes. Breathe in through your nose very slowly, hold the breath for a few seconds, and exhale very slowly through your mouth. Try doing your breathing with your eyes closed.
  • Visualize your way to becoming a non-smoker. While doing your deep breathing, you can close your eyes and begin to imagine yourself as a non-smoker. See yourself enjoying your exercise in step 7. See yourself turning down a cigarette that someone offers you. See yourself throwing all your cigarettes away, and winning a gold medal for doing so. Develop your own creative visualizations. Visualization works. Quit smoking hypnosis programs are a form of guided visualization.
  • Cut back on cigarettes gradually (if you cut back gradually, be sure to set a quit date on which you WILL quit). Ways to cut back gradually include: plan how many cigarettes you will smoke each day until your quit date, making the number you smoke smaller each day; buy only one pack at a time; change brands so you don’t enjoy smoking as much; give your cigarettes to someone else, so that you have to ask for them each time you want to smoke.
  • Quit smoking “cold turkey”. Many smokers find that the only way they can truly quit once and for all is to just quit abruptly without trying to slowly taper off. Find the method that works best for you: gradually quitting or cold turkey. If one way doesn’t work do the other.
  • Find another smoker who is trying to quit, and help each other with positive words and by lending an ear when quitting becomes difficult. Visit this Quit Smoking Forum and this Quit Smoking Chat Room to find a “quit buddy.”
  • Have your teeth cleaned. Enjoy the way your teeth look and feel and plan to keep them that way.
  • Drink lots of water. Water is good for you anyway, and most people don’t get enough. It will help flush the nicotine and other chemicals out of your body, plus it can help reduce cravings by fulfilling the “oral desires” that you may have.
  • Learn what triggers your desire for a cigarette, such as stress, the end of a meal, arrival at work, entering a bar, etc. Avoid these triggers or if that’s impossible, plan alternative ways to deal with the triggers.
  • Find something to hold in your hand and mouth, to replace cigarettes. 
  • Write yourself an inspirational song or poem about quitting, cigarettes, and what it means to you to quit. Read it daily.
  • Keep a picture of your family or someone very important to you with you at all times. On a piece of paper, write the words “I’m quitting for myself and for you (or “them”)”. Tape your written message to the picture. Whenever you have the urge to smoke, look at the picture and read the message.
  • Whenever you have a craving for a cigarette, instead of lighting up, write down your feelings or whatever is on your mind. Keep this “journal” with you at all times.


Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. Smoking is associated with a wide range of serious health problems, including lung cancer, emphysema, and heart attacks. You need to realize that second-hand smoke is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous to the people around you, and you are putting their health at risk as well. By following the advice given here, you will be on your way to a happy and healthy smoke-free future.

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