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Q: I am a chain smoker and wish to quit. What are my chances of success?

A:It is really good that you have decided to quit smoking considering all its ill-effects. It may not be easy but not impossible if you have a strong determination to do it. You can follow these guidelines that may support your decision:

  1. Make a list of all the reasons you want to and will quit smoking. Many of the reasons are obvious, however smoking is an addiction and the mind does not want to accept any of the facts. So go ahead, sit down and start writing.
  2. Tell your family or a friend about your decision to quit. They will most likely be supportive of you and not judge, even when you may be having a hard time with it. We all know how hard it is to quit. If you are strong everyone will be strong with you.
  3. Set a quit date. Don't be to hasty, and make sure you give yourself enough time to get used to the idea.
  4. Begin an exercise program. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body circulate the nutrients needed to repair from all the damage caused from smoking. Don't start off too difficult an exercise program. Begin with walks and increase your distance and speed slowly. Begin other types of activity as you go.
  5. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you and will flush the nicotine and other chemicals from the body.
  6. Avoid smoke filled places at first. The aroma is intoxicating to a newly quit smoker.

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