17 Mei 2009

How to stop smoking? Quitting is hard. But here are some guidelines to help in quitting smoking successfully. 1. Believe that making the decision to quit smoking is right and believe that the benefits of quitting outweigh the benefits of continuing. 2. Get ready - This is a very important step. Pick a specific day as your "Quit Day." Practice saying, "No thank you, I don't smoke. 3. Get support and encouragement - Tell your family, friends and coworkers that you are going to quit and ask them not to smoke around you or leave cigarettes out where you cannot see them. 4. Get medication and use it correctly - Medicines such as bupropion help some people stop smoking. These medicines do not contain nicotine, but help you resist your urges to smoke. 5. Keep trying Be prepared for relapse. Don't be discouraged if you start smoking again. Remember, most people try several times before they finally quit. Nicotine substitutes to help quitting smoke When you light up, it is only the nicotine that gives you the kick, the rest of the smoke cause's damage. Actually, nicotine is not one of the cancer causing agents, it's simply the reason you crave a cigarette. So you could consider nicotine replacement products as ways to take in the nicotine without the rest of the cancer causing chemicals in cigarette smoke. These products come in several forms: gum, patch, nasal spray, inhaler and lozenge. Nicotine substitutes treat the difficult withdrawal symptoms and cravings that 70% to 90% of smokers find their only reason for not giving up cigarettes. By using a nicotine substitute, a smoker's withdrawal symptoms are reduced. This lets you focus on the changes you need to make in your habits and environment. Once you feel more confident as a non-smoker, dealing with your nicotine addiction is easier. It's very important that you don't smoke while using nicotine replacement products. The absorption of nicotine contained in nicotine substitutes is different compared to the absorption of nicotine in cigarettes, so the substitutes are much less addictive and do not cause cancer. While quite a large number of smokers are able to quit smoking without the help of nicotine substitutes, others find it difficult to be successful quitters. Such people can use nicotine replacement therapy and a support technique.

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