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Quitting Smoking

At some point you have to bite the bullet and quit smoking. If you have done your research and homework then by now you should have a good plan to handle most situations that come up while you are quitting smoking.

Remind your friends and family that this is the day you are quitting smoking. If you have joined a support group, be sure to get involved in the groups and use the hotline. Get support for the next few weeks. The more support you get the better your chance of staying smoke free.

Keep your list for why you want to quit smoking handy so you can review it when you have the urge to smoke.

According to recent studies those that use a smoking cessation product can double your chances of quitting. If you do decide to use a smoking cessation product be familiar with it and use it for a few weeks. If you use prescription medication you may need to be using it while you are smoking to prepare yourself for when you are ready to quit. Consult your doctor for a more specific time frame. I have tried many of these products myself in the past and found that some work better for me than others but this time I quit smoking after reading the "Easy Quit System" by Peter Howells. The system takes a more cognitive approach to quitting smoking by exposing many of the false beliefs related to smoking.

Keep busy! Take up exercising (if you don't already), go to a movie, take walks. Spend time doing things so you don't think about smoking as much. Go to places where smoking isn't allowed. I found it refreshing and even a little liberating being able to go places without smoking. It made me come to realize how many things I avoided doing because my smoking would get in the way.

If you miss having a cigarette in your hand find something else to hold. You may also miss having a cigarette in your mouth, munch on some carrots or other vegetables. I would suggest eating healthy food during the cravings so that you don't end up putting on a lot of weight while you are going through this phase of the withdrawal symptoms. Drink a lot of water and juices. Stay away from alcohol. Not only does alcohol sometimes brings cravings on but it can also affect weight gain.

With all the money you will be saving by not smoking, remember to reward yourself for quitting! I did and of course I am a guy so my reward turned out to be a big screen tv...

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