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Quit Smoking - All Right - But How?

Mar 29, 2008
Well, that's the question and a very good one also! The most important and intelligent goal for a smoker is of course just to stop and to begin a new life without the burden of smoking.

It's though a generally accepted opinion that the stopping is a very difficult task. That problem is also reflected in the very rich flora of different methods just to be able to get rid of the nasty habit.

Very few human activities are examined so deeply and methodically as smoking. There is also full consensus about the negative effects of the habit. The physiological consequences are very well recognized and mapped regarding both short and long term effects on the individual level.

Nearly every part of the internal system of the human body is more or less affected by the toxic effect of not only nicotine itself but also by a large number of chemical substances contained in the tobacco as such.

As if this wasn't enough the burning process produces new substances and by-products to be counted for.

Does anyone believe that any medical drug with the kind of side effects that substances produced and inhaled in connection with smoking would be officially approved by the medical authorities regardless of any hypothetically beneficial effect whatsoever? No way!

So, let's return to the question: How to quit smoking?

Anyone who has given this question the slightest thought knows there are a very rich not to say excessively rich flora to choose from. The reason for this is of course that there is some money to make. A lot of money actually!

The methods go from more traditional substitute treatment where the inhaled nicotine is compensated for by oral delivery all the way through hypnosis and more exotic treatments like laser and acupuncture.

Every method has its advocators and also of course economical participants. This is in itself not by any mean absolutely negative, but it needs to be understood that as a method for choosing the best way to go it has its limitations. It's not necessary the most medically relevant quality that determines the frequency or popularity among the methods used. As in many other fields of human activity marketing and propaganda has a profound influence.

However, since we as individuals are different in many respects there is a need for several ways to attack the abuse of tobacco!

One method that very few talks about as a method for smoke stop are to drastically just stop by brute willpower or as it's some time refereed to as quit smoking cold turkey.

There are as you know several ways to go in the situation where you like to quit smoking.

There is no single method optimal for everybody, but you have to choose the most effective and comfortable based on your personal conditions.
About the Author
Gunnar Alm stopped smoking himself after some struggle and decided to make some difference for others in their fight. Follow his ideas and writing at his blog The Quit Smoking Blog at http://www.mysmokingstop.com/blog/
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