If you have told others that you want to quit smoking, you have probably been given lots of advice. Some of this advice may be fine, and some may be ineffective, and still other advice may be harmful. What works for one person may not work for another.
If you need some help determining which quitting method is right for you, look carefully into the various quitting methods. Here is a brief overview to help you get started in your research.
We all know that smoker who says he or she went “cold turkey” and never had another cigarette. But honestly, that’s pretty rare, and you may not be cut out for that kind of systemic jolt. However, it is an actual method and bears mentioning. Whether or not you go cold turkey depends on a few factors, such as:
- How much you smoke now – If you smoke one or two cigarettes a day or less, going cold turkey may be a viable method for you.
- Whether or not your personality is suited to “cold turkey.” – If you are the kind of person who goes for things in an all-or-nothing way and you have had success tackling other things in your life this way, then the cold turkey method might work for you.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is an option for those who prefer gradual withdrawal. NRT involves alternative means of delivering nicotine into your system. Lozenges and chewing gum that contain nicotine can be purchased over the counter. Nicotine patches require a prescription, and go onto your skin like an adhesive bandage. Inhalers that contain nicotine-laden mist also require a prescription.
Electronic cigarettes are not considered a form of NRT officially, but they do deliver a nicotine-containing mist via a plastic tube that looks like a cigarette. They are not unlike an inhaler, except they contain a battery-operated heating element that vaporizes nicotine-containing, flavored liquid that is inside the e-cigarette. E-cigarettes do not require a prescription.
If you want to explore some form of NRT as an option, consider how much the oral satisfaction of smoking play a role in your habit. If you really like the “mouth feel” of smoking, then gum, lozenges, or inhalers might be a better option for you than patches.
Hypnotherapists tap into a smoker’s subconscious and use the power of suggestion to help smokers kick the habit. Some smokers have enjoyed immediate success from one session. Others require several visits to the therapist, and for still others hypnosis has no effect. This might be an option for you if you are fully decided that you want to quit, and are open to suggestion.
If you like alternative therapies and approaches to health, acupuncture might be a viable method for you. Acupuncturists use hair-thin needles and insert them at key places on your body. The object is to encourage the body’s energy flow and promote detoxification and relaxation. If you dread the nervous tension that might accompany your quitting efforts, you might take a look at acupuncture as an option.