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Nothing Wrong With Being A Quitter

Jul 15, 2008
There are many reasons that people take up smoking but whatever they are, there comes a point in most smokers lives when they would like to quit. Many people will try, fail and try again throughout their lives and there is no doubt that the biggest obstacle is will power. That is no weakness. This will power is needed to overcome a chemical addiction and, smokers claim, is one of the hardest things to achieve.

When people attempt to diet and there are certain things that that try to avoid, one slip does not mean the end of a diet. However, when you slip off the rails and have a cigarette during the course of quitting, immediately your veins and your brain are full of the craved for chemicals once again and you're back on the merry-go-round. This is why it is almost impossible to stop smoking by cutting down. However, there is as much help available for those who wish to stop smoking as there is for those on a diet.

The NHS run their own comprehensive help line to help people to stop smoking. When you are trying to give anything up, it seems that is the one thing you think about more than anything else. When you try to stop smoking, it can feel like a lonely up-hill struggle.

But there is no need to struggle alone. In your area there will be support groups where you can talk to a professional individually or as part of a group about your struggles. These are useful in that a shared goal is much easier than a solitary one and many hints and tips can be picked up from other quitters. It can also provide good incentive to meet people that have already achieved their aim.

For those who don't like the idea of joining such a programme, there is always help available in your own home. Literature and websites, emails, texts and calls can come from many sources to offer support in your quest to stop smoking. All can prove useful and many come just at the time when you most need them.

There is also plenty of help available from your GP to help you stop smoking. Nicotine patches and gum can give you just enough nicotine to take the edge off your cravings while you get to grips with the habitual and social aspects of quitting the dreaded weed. The best news is that most of this help is free. The government want the nation to get healthy - it means less drain on health resources. It will also mean more money in your pocket because you won't be buying the cigarettes in the first place, your life or health insurance premiums will be reduced and you will need to decorate your home less often as it will stay fresh.

Expert advice and even DVD's that you can return to time and again are available to encourage you to continue you in your fight. There is also a wealth of information regarding the health benefits of quitting and the drawbacks to not doing so. It's not easy to motivate yourself to stop smoking which is a situation understood well in the medical arena - hence the amount of help now easily accessible.
About the Author
Health expert Catherine Harvey looks at all the ways you can stop smoking and the support accessible.
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