Smoking tobacco is one of the worst habits to have and because it is physically and psychologically addictive it is also extremely hard to quit.
With so many health problems such as emphysema, cancer, etc. it is important to begin the process of quitting sooner rather than later.
Here are some important tips to help you quit smoking tobacco and live longer:
- Come up with a strong and convincing reason why you want to quit. Maybe the fear of lung cancer, or perhaps to protect your family, whatever it is choose a reason strong enough to outweigh the urge to smoke.
- According to WebMD.com about 95% of people who attempt to go “cold turkey” and try to stop without therapy or medication end up relapsing.
- Try nicotine replacement therapy, which helps reduce the feelings of nicotine withdrawal such as frustration, depression, restlessness, or irritability.
- Don’t attempt to quit all by yourself. Your friends, family, and co-workers encouragement could make the difference in helping you quit.
- Changing friends is also important advice. When at social gatherings hang around the non-smokers and try to separate yourself from those who do smoke.
- Avoid certain activities such as alcohol or coffee, which are common triggers that boost your urge to smoke.
- Lastly, remember that it is a common thing to have a relapse. Many have trouble quitting the first time, but with perseverance and an understanding of what led to your relapse, you will stop your dangerous habit in no time.