Friday, 24 October 2008

Smoking - Advice on Giving Up Cigarettes

Smoking - Advice on Giving Up CigarettesAdvice and tips on how to give up smoking come from all angles. Everyone is different and there is no one way that is a perfect solution. Smokers have their own ideas of when they want to stop smoking how they are going to do it and why they feel they should. What I have done here is give a few tips that smokers might want to consider, no pressure involved. It is advice, which can be taken or left, no pressure. Being an ex-smoker myself I know how hard it is and what make it worse is people nagging you to give up, that really doesn't work at all.

  • Try planning a day on which you want to quit; you can then put in place strategies to help you well in advance such as having nicotine patches or sugar-free chewing gum in stock.
  • Tell everyone you know you are going to give up smoking and ask other smokers in the house to restrict their smoking to outdoors.
  • You will have extra money by giving up, write down how you are going to spend it.
  • Throw away all matters that are to do with smoking such as lighters, cigarette papers, ashtrays etc.
  • Another writing exercise: Make a list of the good and bad factor to do with smoking. Then place it in a place where you will see it most of the time at home or at work.
  • Try using public transport or walk to work or when taking the kids to school instead of taking a car. This will prevent you from the temptation of smoking whilst driving.
  • Give your car a thorough spring clean and install an air-freshener this will be a deterrent.
  • Try to avoid alcohol and refrain from going to the pub, these activities and places are normally conducive to having a cigarette.
  • Eat raw vegetables, their great especially those that require a lot of chewing, especially carrots. Smoking - Advice on Giving Up CigarettesThis will help get over cravings or to fill breaks at work.
  • Keep hands and brain occupied, take up a hobby such as model making, do crosswords or cook, these really help to keep your attention away from smoking.
  • Start writing letters and telephone people, these are good ways of keeping activities going and distracting the brain.
  • All this effort deserves a reward. So do just that, reward yourself initially every hour you achieve a non-smoking status. This reward will eventually expand to a full day and then to a weekly, months etc.
  • Drink plenty of non-sugar fluids can help, if you get a craving make a drink. Most cravings will just pass you by after within 5 minutes getting a drink will see you through.

Smoking - Advice on Giving Up CigarettesLike I said, there is no right or wrong way to giving up. There are no sets of rules of how long it should take. But it is worth trying to think all the time about the reasons you are smoking. The main one is the government stealing tax off you by drugging you up and trying to kill you before you can claim your pension, which they don't want to pay!

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