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Tips on Stopping Smoking

According to the American Cancer Society 1 in 5 deaths in the US are from tobacco or some tobacco related effect. If we know that smoking is so dangerous, why is it so difficult to stop smoking? Tips on stopping smoking run the gamut from hypnosis, acupuncture, herbal remedies and nicotine patches, as well as a range of behavioral techniques. But at the heart of most stop smoking is the culprit, nicotine.

Some Statistics on Users Who Stop Snoking

The American Cancer Society predicts that only 4-7% of those who attempt to stop smoking will actually succeed. But there are tips recommended by the Cancer Society to increase the odds that you will succeed.

Medications

Success for quitting can be increased significantly with the use of medication to control the nicotine addiction. This includes nicotine patches, gums, inhaler or lozenges and nasal sprays. Other medications such as Bupropion don’t contain nicotine but do help reduce the cravings for nicotine.

Varenicline is a prescription drug that is reported to reduce withdrawal symptoms from the nicotine. Nicotine provides a pleasurable sensation for many smokers, which is part of the craving cycle. Varenicline is reported to reduce this sensation, making it easier to quit according to manufacturers.

Nicotine replacement and reduction products focus on the problems for those in the throes of trying to quit and dealing with the physical symptoms caused by the reduction or cessation of nicotine. Patches, gums and other nicotine replacement products can allow the smoker to change habits and routines while reducing the painful, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your medical professional about the options in prescription support to determine which medication or combination of medications will support your plan to stop smoking. There are benefits and concerns with each.

Support it

In nearly every neighborhood there are a variety of support and educational options to support your plan for stopping smoking. One of the best resources for finding local options is the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). They provide a great portal to stop smoking guides, resources in your community and internet and phone-in options to support the stopping smoking plans.

If you can also engage family, friends and co-workers in the plan, you can increase your feeling of support which may improve your chances of success to stop smoking. The Cancer Society can also be reached by calling their help and resource line at 800-227-2345.
In every state there are reported to be free phone-based programs designed to aid in the quitting smoking. The results for telephone counseling in the stopping smoking attempts has be reported to increase success in some cases doubling the chances of freeing yourself from smoking.

Selected Top Tips

The best plans to stop smoking include an integrated approach to reduce the nicotine withdrawal symptoms, provide new techniques to manage stress, and replace habits with new solutions.

Your medical professional may have stop smoking guides and tips to support you in the process, as well as information and advice about the medications that might be a good choice for you. Check with your pharmacist to be certain there is no conflict with your other medications, if any.

Focus on the reasons that are driving you to put down the pack. Some of the stopping smoking sites offer calculators that show the high cost of buying cigarettes, and show what you could have purchased instead. If money isn’t the motivator, and your family is then be certain to include them in your list of reasons. Add a snapshot to the front of the pack of cigarettes, to remind you at the point of weakness.

Keep busy, exercise or walk when you feel the urge. Use gum, mints or hard candy to help fill-in. Get rid of all of the trappings of smoking, cases, lighters, ashtrays and of course dump the cigarettes.

Conclusion

Tobacco, smoking and the related effects are serious threats to the health of the smoker and all those around them. Spread the word to the people in your life that you have a plan to quit, get support from professionals including telephone counselors, and plan survival skills to get you through the rough patches. Since 1 in 5 in this country die as a consequence of smoking the obstacles to stopping smoking are small compared to the risks of not stopping