Want to quit smoking? Well read on – these are among the best ways to do it.

Cold Turkey

The only people that can quit smoking without any help are the most disciplined ones. Studies reveal that between 4-and 7-percent of people are capable of doing it without any extra help. If you wish to try this approach, experts recommend that you be prepared mentally and really commit to it. You should also be ready for the withdrawal symptoms.

The people at QuitSmokingCommunity.org recommend drinking water once the cravings begin. Use something else to distract yourself. You can try talking to someone or even going for a walk. You can even try breathing slowly but deeply and think it through. You might find it difficult at first, but you can rest assured that the feelings will pass.

One more thing you can do is request for support. Let your family and friends know that you are trying to quit. They will help keep you honest.

Find Company

According to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, love can help you get through. Just less than 50 percent on the men in the study succeeded in their attempt to quit if their partner quit too, compared to 8 percent success if their partner didn’t stop. Similarly, 50 percent of women quit if their male partners quit smoking too. Positive peer pressure appears to help.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Gum, lozenges, nasal sprays, inhalers, and skin patches that slowly deliver nicotine are designed to help smokers overcome the initial cravings and withdrawal symptoms and they appear to be working.

A scientific literature review involving over 150 different tests of the devices (amounting to over 50,000 people) revealed that the likelihood of a person quitting after using them increased by between 50 and 70 percent. No single approach seemed to be superior to the rest nor did the devices work better with counseling.

The study cautions that people regarded as heavier smokers may have to use more products than lighter smokers. Starting to use one of the products just before making up your mind to quit seems to improve their effectiveness. People that use nicotine replacement therapy together with the antidepressant bupropion were also more successful.

Prescription Medication

If you want to use prescription medication, you should talk to your doctor. However, some drugs appear to have more success, particularly when used with nicotine replacement therapy tools. Besides drugs such as bupropion, there’s another product known as varenicline, which also goes by the brand name Chantix.

Chantix works by targeting the brain’ nicotine receptors. It means that you won’t get as much pleasure from smoking and it even lowers the withdrawal feelings. Studies show that taking the drug can more than double the chances of quitting compared to not taking drugs at all.

E-Cigarettes

A study published in The Lancet, the British Journal in 2014 found that out of 657 people who were trying to quit smoking over a 6-month period, 7.3 percent managed to quit courtesy of e-cigarettes. This number was over 5.8 percent of the people in the study that used patches. One thing that stood out most to the authors of the study was that very few people managed to quit using any particular method. The conclusion was that additional research is needed urgently.

A different group that presented its findings at the 2015 American Thoracic Society Conference found that while some people were able to quit using e-cigarettes instead of regular cigarettes, the did not necessarily quit forever. The authors looked at over 1,000 people that wanted to quit and found that the people who were more successful quitting in the short-term had used e-juice, but the effect was not observed anymore at 3- or 6-month follow ups.

Something to Bear in Mind

Smoking is regarded as one of the hardest negative habits to quit. The American Cancer Society cautions that programs that target quitting smoking often have fairly low success rates, like other programs for treating addiction. However, it does not mean that such programs should be discouraged or are not worthwhile.

If you are able to quit, your chances of getting lung cancer are dramatically lower as are other forms of cancer. It significantly reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease and even lowers your chances of getting other kinds of lung problems. Smoking ages the skin and studies reveal and that people are increasingly not willing to date smokers, which means that quitting can have a positive impact on your social life too.

 

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