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How To Stop Smoking - 5 Different Approaches

Jun 11, 2008
After many years of smoking I am concerned that I should give up while I still can. I have smoked for so long that I can hardly imagine not smoking but I know I must stop and I know it will be hard to do. I have been trying to find the best way to stop and I thought others would be interested too.

There used to be no alternatives and in the past if you wanted to stop smoking you just stopped and then tried to use your willpower to overcome the craving for smoking. Thousands of people have stopped this way and many still do it this way. You do need to be totally convinced that you want to be a non-smoker and if you are this may work and you will stop smoking cigarettes.

For some people they need a replacement therapy such as a dummy cigarette. One of the habitual features of smoking is that you have something between your fingers and the idea is that by replacing that cigarette with something else to put between your fingers you can reduce the feeling of loss.

Ashtrays stink. Even smokers know this so one old but simple idea is to smell an ashtray everytime you fancy a cigarette. There are few things as unpleasant as an ashtray and it also reinforces the idea of what cigarettes do to your lungs. Smelling an ashtray may well put you off smoking and doing that each time you want a cigarette could stop you smoking for good.

When you stop smoking suddenly your body craves the nicotine it has become used to. To overcome this problem nicotine patches were developed and you simply fix one to your skin and it will release a certain amount of nicotine into your body. These have become a very effective way for people to quit smoking and have had a lot of success. They can be expensive but the long term savings of not smoking will easily pay for them.

Acupuncture has been used quite effectively for some people. My brother tried this and he went from being a heavy smoker to a non-smoker in one day. Unfortunately after a few years he started smoking again but maybe another treatment with acupuncture would have done the trick and stopped him from smoking again..

Willpower is the most powerful way to stop smoking but also the hardest to do. You do need to be very strong willed and determined not to smoke any longer. To help build that strength of determination some people turn to hypnotism and when you think about it this all makes good sense. If you can strengthen your subconscious desire not to smoke then you are building your resolve and strengthening your willpower. Some people claim almost instant results using this method and it may be better than other ways because your sub concious desire is strong that you will not smoke again.
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