Quitting Smoking

Why... and How to Quit the Smoking Habit 

I want to be healthy, I don't like the smell on my clothes, my wife, husband, kids, cat and dog want me to stop, it's becoming more socially unaccepted, the cost is out of control, and the list goes on. These are just some of the reasons people use when they say they want to quit smoking and some people mean it but many people have yet to find the reason that will motivate them to finally quit smoking once and for all.

Did you know the American Council on Science and Health, The National Institute of Health and the American Cancer Society alone have enough information available that would make it seem insane for anyone to smoke? And there are mountains of information available as to all the dangers and reasons to never smoke again or to ever start. But people not only continue they even still start smoking even knowing most of the dangers. So health risks really don't seem to be doing the trick for people to stop smoking. So what else might help?

The cost of continuing a smoking habit is getting out of control for some people. But then again, when a person has a vice, it doesn't matter what the cost, there are always ways to justify spending any amount of money on something you just can't let go of. Just think about how much money people spend on alcohol, drugs, or things that are absolutely not needed because someone has a shopping addiction.

So the cost will probably not be the deterrent to quit the smoking habit. By the way, if you question that term, smoking "habit" do the research. This is more a habit than it is a physical addiction. How else would so many people be able to simply decide to quit and do so without physical withdrawals and need to be in a program to quit? And people stop smoking every day without any physical pain or issue. It may seem amazing but it's true.

Okay, so let's say that the main reason people who want to stop smoking is they have yet to find the way that works for them. Or, they have yet to find a way to replace whatever it is smoking gives them in the way of pleasure, stress reduction (though smoking stresses the body out completely) or satisfaction in some way. Let's look at some of the ways people do stop and there are more ways to stop smoking than you may have thought.

There is acupuncture, meditation, hypnosis, over the counter drugs, prescribed drugs by a physician, nicotine replacements like nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine lillipops (can you imagine?), lozenges and pouches that contain nicotine, herbal supplements and the old fashioned cold turkey method. There are more but one has to wonder if the market to stop smoking makes so much money that maybe not only do the tobacco companies want you to smoke, so do the manufacturers of stop smoking products. Did you know a person tries to quit an average of 11 times before successful? That's a lot of repeat customers for stop smoking products. Meanwhile the tobacco companies are selling cigarettes to people who try to quit but don't.

The bottom line is to first make the decision to stop smoking (better, don't ever start) and find the way that works for you. And if you don't succeed, try, try again. You Can Do It!!

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