Learn how to quit smoking today.
Well looks like you are smoking again. You are not alone. According to statistics, only about 4% to 7% of people are able to quit smoking on any given attempt without medication any other outside help. Oppositely, 93% to 96% smokers are continual fends for nicotine. It does not have to remain that way. Here 4 methods to quit smoking.
Going cold turkey
Quit smoking without any outside help is extremely tough but is can be done. Most smokers try to quit cold turkey. However, most are unsuccessful; with their first attempt in particular. Again, only 4% to 7% smokers are able to successfully quit this way. If you are gung-ho about quitting cold turkey, you must follow these 4 rules:
Rule #1: Avoid situations that triggers you to smoke for at least 6 months
Rule #2: Be prepared to feel terrible and be irritable the first few days of cold turkey
Rule #3: Resist smoking cravings no matter what
Rule #4: Start associating more with people who do not smoke
Hire a behavioral therapist
For most smokers, hiring a behavioral therapist (or a counselor) is the best bet to successfully quit smoking. The behavioral therapist will analyze what triggers you to smoke and why you smoke. He or she will help you realize why you are smoking and what to do about it. Typically, they give a step by step guideline that you need to follow to become a non-smoker.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Like any other drug, nicotine can be highly addictive to a person. The addiction to nicotine is one of the main reasons why smokers have a difficult time quitting. To combat this issue, you should try out nicotine replacement therapy.
Here are 5 nicotine replacement therapies that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine gum
- Nasal Sprays
These therapy options work by giving you nicotine without using tobacco. While all of these options have side effects, they are safe to use and very effective. To maximize effectiveness, combine nicotine replacement therapy while undergoing behavioral therapy along with getting support from family and friends.
Note: If you are under the age of 18, you will need doctor’s permission to use nicotine replacement therapy.
Some smokers already tried nicotine replacement therapy and it did not work. If that describes you, then try medication. Along with other drugs, the two main medications used to stop smoking are Zyban and Chantix. Both medicines reduce the urge to smoke and nicotine withdrawal. Zyban (also called Bupropion) can be used in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy. Chantix (also called Varenicline) blocks the effects of nicotine if an individual starts smoking again.
Note: You will need a doctor’s prescription to get these medications
These 4 methods will help you stop smoking for good.