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New way to quit smoking: Eat your fruits and veggies

June 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Stop Smoking NOW

 

I hate to contradict this article, but I quit cold turkey because I made a commitment to quit. I am not a fan of most vegetables, but do like most fruits.

The article states fruits and vegetables can help you quit and would agree, if you have definitely decided to give up smoking and not just kidding yourself that your quitting.

New way to quit smoking: Eat your fruits and veggies

DigitalJournal.com

"Researchers aren't sure why, but eating more fruits and veggies helps people quit smoking. What's in fruits and vegetables that helps people stop smoking? Researchers for the study say there are several reasons fruits and vegetables help people with …DigitalJournal.com"
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/326359

Quitting smoking is not an easy thing. It's good to try all these and other suggested ways to quit as helps, but your commitment to quit remains the best strategy.

 
 

How To Convince A Smoker To Quit: Timing

June 15, 2010 by  
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Smoking is an addiction. That sounds like a simple statement that can be taken as read, but when you are trying to convince a smoker to quit, it’s something you really need to understand. Smoking is often referred to as a ‘habit’, when in reality the stronger term ‘addiction’ is far more realistic. Smokers become physically addicted to nicotine, the chemical found in cigarettes, and can experience uncomfortable and often painful physical symptoms of withdrawal when they try to quit.

The reason this is pointed out is that convincing someone to quit smoking for good is a difficult road, and only by understanding what you are actually dealing with can you have a chance of beating it. A tiny percentage of smokers – less than 10% – manage to quit on their first attempt. Most will take three or more attempts, and some may take over 10 attempts over a number of years to finally kick the addiction for good.

If you are struggling to support a smoker who continually goes back on their word – in your eyes – and starts smoking again, try and keep positive. Acknowledge, both to them and to yourself, that this is a marathon rather than a sprint, and by being continually upbeat your smoking friend or family member can be assured of your support.

Never, ever cast doubt on a smokers desire to quit just because they have failed before – doing so can make them angry, defiant and less likely to quit than ever before. Keep things in perspective, and see every failed attempt as one step closer to the final, successful, smoke-free life.

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How To Convince A Smoker To Quit: Understand the Habit

June 15, 2010 by  
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As a non-smoker (or an ex-smoker, depending on your situation), you probably find the entire concept of smoking distasteful. That is, after all, why you may be seeking to help a smoker quit their habit for good. To you, the reasons are obvious; smoking is not only bad for a smokers’ health and appearance, but it has financial repercussions, too. It should seem like an argument you’ll win easily, especially when statistics about how half of smokers want to quit are bandied around. It looks like an argument you, and a few well-learned truths about smoking, are destined to win.

However, what you must understand if you are trying to convince someone to quit smoking is this: smokers like smoking! That might sound like a ridiculous statement, but it’s something many people who try and convince a smoker to quit absolutely forget. A smoker may wish they had never started the habit and may want to quit, but in essence they enjoy the experience of smoking; and that’s why they do it. They probably know the downsides already, and have still chosen to smoke.

It’s important you don’t underestimate how much people can enjoy smoking, and particularly the social aspect of it. When you are presenting your case, don’t ever be harsh to a smoker, or try and shout at them in an attempt to make them quit the habit. Instead, acknowledge this is something they enjoy – even if you can’t see the benefits – and take a softer, more understanding approach. Using a gentler method of convincing, you are far more likely to succeed.

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Smoking Mythbusting: The Realities of The Smoking Methods

June 15, 2010 by  
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When smoking is discussed, most people seem to have in mind the image of filtered cigarettes as the main item that people use to consume tobacco. For some unknown reason, other types of smoking – such as using a pipe and rolling your own cigarettes – do not attract quite the same amount of disdain as their orange-filtered cousins, when in reality all are as bad as each other. Any way of consuming tobacco, nicotine and the associated chemicals that are inhaled with every breath should be frowned upon.

It is not just non-smokers who focus their energies on regular cigarettes. Some smokers, particularly younger ones, believe that there is a definite separation between self-rolled cigarettes and pipes when compared to regular cigarettes. Sometimes, this belief stems from the fact they are ‘less harmful’ – a worrying, and untrue, distinction.

It is not tobacco itself – the crisp substance that is used to fill cigarettes, pipes and rolling papers alike – that is the problem with smoking. The issue is the chemicals that are inhaled in to the lungs; the manner in which these chemicals are inhaled is largely irrelevant. No smoking apparatus – be it a filtered, standard cigarette, a pipe or a rolling paper – is ‘better’ than the others. The only main difference is to cost, with tobacco for pipes and rolling papers tending to be cheaper, but the health benefits are non-existent. The fact remains that any type of smoking can be damaging to health, so switching to a different method of smoking is nothing but a waste of time.

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Removing The Links Will Aid Your Effort

June 15, 2010 by  
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The mental effort that it takes to give up smoking is well-known. It is certainly increased by keeping links to your recent status as a smoker – so giving up will take a little bit of a change in mentality. If, for example, you keep ashtrays lying around – even clean, unused ones which can be used by visitors – then you will be more compelled to smoke.

A lot depends on how much you used to smoke. If smoking was a major part of your life before – you used cigarettes to enhance your enjoyment of music, socializing or similar – then breaking the bond that it has over you is going to be all the more problematic. You may find that listening to the same albums and going to the same bars or clubs becomes a major temptation, even if you cannot smoke indoors in those clubs.

The psychological compulsion to smoke is probably the hardest part to get past. So keeping lighters and ashtrays around, or reading books about central characters who like to smoke pretty much incessantly is going to make giving up a lot harder. It is best to keep reminders to a minimum. This is not to say you should shun your best friend if they still smoke, but it might be a good idea to request of them that they keep their smoking to a minimum when they are around you. In the end you can’t close yourself off from all reminders, but limiting them will help.

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It’s Harder If You Suffer Alone

June 15, 2010 by  
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Giving up cigarettes is a pretty thankless task at the best of times. You already know the reasons why you are trying to give up, and at times it can seem like they just aren’t enough. It’s bad for your health, but you aren’t feeling too healthy right now without them. It saves you money, but these cravings make it hard to enjoy a better bank balance. It’s much worse if you try to suffer in silence, though. Your general mood may make you feel anti-social, but if you’re facing this alone it’s going to be much harder.

It’s best to have an understanding friend who appreciates what you are going through. There’s no way of saying that they will always be understanding – it can be tough to stay upbeat with a friend who is frequently complaining – but the truth of the matter is that a good friend will appreciate your reasons for wanting to stop smoking. If this friend is also trying to give up, then there is a question to be asked – are you likely to persuade one another to get back on the cigarettes, or is joint action going to help you both?

In many cases, two friends giving up together is a worthwhile endeavor. Your cravings are not that likely to be simultaneous, so when you’re feeling ragged they can keep your head above water and vice versa. You can also take up a hobby as a pair, and get the enjoyment from that that used to come from smoking. And if one of you cracks, the other is there to commiserate and help to stop it from becoming permanent.

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Defying Temptation – Never Easy, But Worthwhile

June 15, 2010 by  
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When you are trying to break your addition to nicotine, you will find that there is always temptation waiting for you somewhere or other. It may be that you start to really crave a cigarette because you saw someone on TV smoking and they looked like they were really enjoying it. It may be that you have been hanging out with friends and some of them haven’t given up yet. It can even be something as simple as sense memory – you’re listening to an old CD and it takes you back to a time when you were smoking a lot and enjoying yourself.

Temptation is an unforgiving mistress. As Oscar Wilde once said: “I can resist everything but temptation”. The really unfair thing about it is that it’s not a case of overcoming it and forgetting it – temptation will return time and again, and you will have to keep winning the battle with it. It would be easier if there were some kind of reward system – you don’t smoke for a week, you get a wide screen TV, or something. But this isn’t how it works. If it did, we’d all give up for a week, get our TV and start smoking again.

If you’re a competitive person, then you might consider temptation to be your opponent. You’re not going to let the cravings beat you, are you? Hit them out of the park and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Or if you are not, think about it in another way – overcoming cravings will give you a stronger will and make it easier to overcome other challenges in the future.

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Giving Up For The Right Reasons

June 15, 2010 by  
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Controversial as it may sound, Giving up smoking because it is costing you too much rarely works. If money is the only issue, then cigarettes are going to have a hold on you for a while. A pack of twenty might set you back a fair amount – but what about rolling your own, or using a small machine to make the cigarettes? There are plenty of cheaper options, and a mere financial consideration is unlikely to make the difference if you aren’t committed for other reasons.

Does this mean that finance is a pointless consideration in stopping smoking? Not at all, but you need to have other reasons. Giving up for the sake of your health is one consideration – but again, don’t expect it to be the silver bullet. You have probably been told by other people “You shouldn’t smoke – cigarettes are bad for you!”, and you have probably responded “No, really? I thought they were good for me!”, laughed and carried on smoking – so you need to confront the hard facts about how bad they are for you.

If you give up smoking, your breathing will get better and your sense of smell will improve. Your clothes will smell better and your skin and hair will improve. You will wake up in the morning feeling like you can face the day without having to reach for the cigarettes and lighter. Most importantly you won’t have to worry about the health problems and the hole in your finances that can be caused by smoking, and this liberation of your mind is worth the effort.

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Dealing With Cravings

June 15, 2010 by  
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Stopping smoking is always going to be difficult. There is the combination of a physical craving and a psychological one to deal with, and it is unsurprising that many people who attempt to give up smoking don’t last long on their first attempt. One of the hardest issues is the craving that affects a lot of smokers. Trying to break those cravings is something that prevents a lot of people from giving up.

The best way to start to get rid of cravings is distraction. When you give up smoking you are always going to have a problem if you keep thinking about how you’re giving up. This keeps cigarettes in the forefront of your mind and makes it very difficult to keep it up. However, if you fill your time with other things, you can keep your mind off the cravings for at least a while – hopefully long enough to get you over the tricky first week.

Once you have broken the firmest psychological and physical cravings, you stand a much better chance of giving smoking up entirely. That’s not to say that the cravings go away entirely and immediately. It is likely that you will still miss cigarettes and at certain points will think “This would be a lot easier/more pleasant if I had a cigarette right now”. But if you aren’t feeling a strong physical pressure to smoke, it will be a lot easier to deal with the psychological cravings – and at some point, you are going to have to face the struggle of making a clean break anyway.

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