Really wanting to quit smoking is very important to how much success you will have in quitting.
By: DoctorNDTV Updated: Dec 22, 2010 11:31 IST
Do not smoke any number or any kind of cigarette. If you smoke fewer
cigarettes, but do not stop completely, soon you will be smoking the
same number again. Smoking "low-tar, low-nicotine" cigarettes does
little good. Nicotine is so addictive, that with lower-nicotine brands
you will just puff harder, longer on each cigarette. The only safe
choice is to quit completely.
Do you really want to quit? Really
wanting to quit smoking is very important to how much success you will
have in quitting. Smokers who live after a heart attack are most likely
to quit as they are very motivated. Find a reason for quitting before
you have no choice.
Know that it will take effort to quit
smoking. Half the battle in quitting is knowing you need to quit. This
knowledge will help you deal with the symptoms of withdrawal, such as
bad moods and strong desire to smoke. Nearly all smokers have some
symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit. Give yourself a
month to get over these feelings.
Half of all smokers have quit,
so you can too. That is the good news. There are millions of people who
have learned to face life without a cigarette. For staying healthy,
quitting smoking is the best step you can take.
Get help. Many
groups offer written materials, programmes, and advice to help smokers
quit. Your doctor or dentist is also a good source of help and support.
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