How to Quit Smoking

The big billboard of Los Angeles displays to the passers by the casualty caused due to smoking has not drawn your attention then perhaps you have been influenced by some very sensational relationship or your house physician or may be even some ghastly advertisement has triggered you of to quit smoking. Experts find some sudden incidental outcome or emotional outburst to be the key-triggering event for quitting smoking.

The smokerfree.gov has nicely translated the steps for Quit Smoking as START.

S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Now let us define the steps in our own way.

First of all, you must be aware of the triggering event of your life, which has propelled you to take a decision to quit smoking. You must be sensitive to this as this will change your life in the long run like being reborn yet again. What we suggest you only announce your plan to a specific near or dear person. Again we suggest that there is no alternative to a sudden outburst.

So, may be due to a very close and emotional ambience you have decided to throw the cigarette from the grip of the fingers, may be half finished or may be the after the last puff. Please for God’s sake, don’t worry about wasting the rest of the packet. The money you are loosing for the leftover cigarette is really negligible to the amount you are going to save in the forthcoming days because of your revolutionary decision.

The coolest way of taking a decision and announcing it to public involves the risk of postponing the date even for trifle incidents. Remember there are many people who will advise you NOT to leave smoking, might be because of jealousy or even for fear of isolation due to loosing a smoking partner.

The only positive side of such an announcement is that it may build up an additional pressure on you for keeping up commitments. In an ambience, where the majority are smokers, who will remind you about your commitments – and your chance of being ashamed due to the failure of commitment goes mostly unnoticed. So, we advise you to take random decisions.

The online edition of BBC News reports that “researchers at University College London interviewed more than 1,900 smokers and ex-smokers about their attempts to quit and found that two-thirds of smokers who stopped suddenly succeeded for at least six months, compared to under half of those who planned it in detail.” 

Another very important issue is the solace that the smoker derives from the people at large. They become more interested to justify, why they had started smoking, as if this is the key answer to the burning question of why they are continuing to smoke.

Here we want to state very clearly that smoking is a bad habit and at times one smokes just for the sake of the habit even without enjoying it. We have even encountered people, who had come up with very generic replies like “Just like that” to the daunting question “why do you smoke”?
However you may have thrown the unfinished cigarette or the half-filled packet in a most romantic manner.

What happens after that? Your companion for so long named nicotine will never leave you so easily, because Nicotine spreads its cast on the central nervous system upsetting the entire body system. undergo psychological effects becoming restless to get back at it again. If you go to a doctor or to a counselor immediately after quitting smoking, he will not only help you, but also guide you for the future course of action as well as apply the right medicine, if required. If you can pass a couple of hours without being lured to the cigarette corner shop, we feel, you have won the game.

Why don’t you attempt to visit a recreation hall or a movie while your immediate resolution bears fruit? You may also like to go to a non-smoking restaurant with your dear one to pass some time. Once the evening comes, you go back home without buying a cigarette and try to take control over your restless mindset, rather jump onto the bed. Please try to avoid roaming around in the balcony, where even yesterday you had been with a cigarette.

Some people have got the habit of keeping a good stock of cigarette even at home or office, thinking of rainy days! If you fall in the group of such pragmatic people, please do NOT forget to throw away all the stock to the dustbin immediately after entering into your bedroom. Get convinced that creating a stock tomorrow again will hardly take any time, but let me give it a try at least till tomorrow morning!

It has been noticed that smokers love to see the smoke better than the flame. “They will not smoke inside a completely dark room because they just want to see the rings of smoke going up.” As per Vasudevan Nampoothiri, Vice-Principal of the Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, reported on The Hindu on May 31, 2004. You need to decide, which one you like, the flame or the fumes. If the cigarette burns, you only can see the rings of the smoke, but if the flame burns in your inner world, then everybody can watch the rings, because the stored energy will come out and is sure to be reflected around you.

Let the morning bring fresh air in your life, and you find your new life with the sunshine at dawn. We guarantee the dizzy feeling will go away and you will get the inspiration from the Sun, who ultimately energizes your body and mind. Take a deep breathe. Remember the morning Sun is treated as an amazing system of cure in energy therapy like Ayurveda, Qigong etc. Heliotherapy and Chromopathy are the two very prevailing curing system in Rome, which has witnessed one of the oldest civilization when most of the top notch countries of today’s world were in their infancies. Taste the natural energy level, may be even after 20 long years!
Wish you all the best!

How to Stay Quit After Quitting

An indomitable passion has let you to take the first step towards quitting. You are one of the luckiest people in the world, who have been able to swim against the current. You have shown a strong determination in yourself among your family and the friend circle, and have become different from the rest of the crowd.

When you have been able to take the most important call in your life, is there any way, by which you want to loose that position? Is anything ever comparable to your mental strength? Would you even try to make yourself a laughing stock in front of your near and dear ones? What impression do you carry on to your kids? You suffer from indecision and forgetfulness. Or you may even prove that smoking is so invaluable that nobody can quit. Remember your spouse and children always look up at you.

Finally, if you want to undertake these risks of loosing your position in the family as well as society, we have nothing at all to say. However if you want to stick to the most admirable decision of staying put we can help you to the best of our extent and this chapter will aid you immensely in getting to your cherished yet unorthodox goal.

As your body and mind have been under the spell of Nicotine due to smoking you may be again lured by people and events. However one needs to control these unwanted desires of the mind with an iron hand because one more puff even after years can send you tumbling back to the stage from where you began.

The most important lacuna in today’s world is awareness. People are NOT aware about the feelings of their partners during a sexual relationship. Adolescents are NOT aware of the recuperation of watching blue films on their minds. The tracking team is NOT aware about the risks and dangers of an unknown place in an unforeseen environment.

The young generation is NOT aware of the scars drug addiction leaves on their mind and bodies. Perhaps you were NOT aware of the effect of smoking when you had taken the first puff. Now you have realized by paying through nose just how harmful smoking is.

As you have already shown the first step towards maturity by quitting, now you must be aware of the probable events that trigger you towards a relapse. We may have come up with some generic prevailing concepts or triggering events. A smoking-prone mind becomes more active, when it watches the people around smoking.

So, start avoiding the smoking zones. Thanks to the government for directing organizations to keep a separate smoking zone. Start visiting non-smoking restaurants. Drinking supplements smoking – a common smoker’s notion, hence you need to chuck off both from your routine agenda for some time till your body, and mind begins to reap the rewards of non-smoking.

The fun is to light a cigarette one needs to use both of his hands specially trained people require only one hand. Why don’t you make your hands busy by holding a rubber and a pencil? Smoking is a highly catchy habit. So, stay away from smoking circles and friends requesting them not to smoke in front of you.

There are some prime times for smoking, like after tea or lunch when you are most vulnerable to provocation. Why don’t you try out techniques to deviate yourself at these points of time in the best of your interest. You may also schedule your work so that you have your hands full after lunch. One can try out toffees or ‘churans’ in order to keep occupied.

A lot of dummy cigarettes like Yixing No Smoking Herbal “Cigarettes” have been formulated, which are supposed to be less harmful than a general cigarette and also gives you the aroma of a genuine cigarette. People recommend these at these stages when one has quit smoking. We have never tried to find out about the authenticity of its chemical components or the impact it has on smokers, hence we don’t recommend them.

The logic being simple, when you start on this one, the number could again be at 20 in a span of 5 to 7 years. It’s like going around in circles only having falsely convinced our minds that we are onto a less harmful addiction. To us a cigarette is a cigarette and even addiction to anything even resembling a cigarette should be strictly forbidden, as our weak mind will again try to look for solace and provide justifications as we succumb to another form of addiction.

You must know that provocations will come and go but stepping into the cravings may raise a fundamental question in you – whether you are a confident person or not.

As nicotine gives you the mental boost, it gradually erodes your level of confidence too. Once you take a decision to quit your confidence level gets a jolt. Often some people succeed in convincing you by telling their own stories, which prompt one to restart smoking after having quit once.

The solace is perhaps that they have started taking puffs from cigarettes with larger filters as advised by some quack advisor as larger filtered cigarettes are wrongly considered less harmful. We feel consumption of cigarettes irrespective of their filter size or number means continuing with the smoking addiction.
There are several treatment procedures for quitting.

One of the most natural healing systems is the acupuncture method. It affects your taste buds in such a way that it generates an anti-feeling to smoking. The taste worsens when you give it the first puff after having taken to acupuncture therapy. We hardly recommend you to a doctor for any kind of therapy to ease your life rather we insist you to tread the harder way, through your own determination.

We guarantee an endless confidence level, if you can pass a few days after having quit without having undergone any medication or treatment. You can prove to yourself that you are in control of your surroundings and passion. As this is a very generic advice this will vary from individual to individual depending upon your mental ability.  We also tell you to study your self and decide whether you require any external therapy without ignoring to what one’s inner voice has to say.

Even there are medical units like Holistic Healthcare Online, who take care of post quitting effects through alternate medicine methodology. Even you may look for hypnotherapy and Penn therapy to withstand the post quitting effects.
So the challenge becomes more mental. Weak minded people may start thinking that they have become useless and everything around them has turned dull. Even their desperation may make them feel let down.

So, it’s rather a punishment to take the decision to quit smoking. ‘So, why to stick to it?’, a question that can occur to one and all. ‘Rather, let me not become the butt of laughter and start swimming with the flow again’, another perception that takes you right back. You may also have a feeling like, “just one cigarette, what’s the harm?” But please remember a decision is much more difficult than justifying at a later point.

So, why to go back when one has once crossed the most crucial step of abiding by a bold decision. The long term effect of Nicotine may affect your energy level a wee bit, but one has been saved from a lot of near fatal diseases. Have you ever considered that dizziness is an after for a very short term. So why don’t you tell yourself, that you have been able to win the battle against dreaded nicotine, which most other people loose? Don’t you find yourself at a different psychological level? Think positive and be positive.

One way to think positive is to calculate the monetary gain. Start calculating, how much have you saved today? Is it $2, then what the figure looks like after 5 days? So, you are saving a lot for your family or kids or at least for your life style. At least you are not burning dollars; rather you are using it for your amusement. So, tell yourself, keep it up! After one year we will have another pleasant tour! $770 is not a joke!

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Nicotine Patches

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Nicotine Inhalers

Nicotine gum is a type of chewing gum that delivers nicotine to the body. It is used as an aid in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a process for smoking cessation and quitting smokeless tobacco. The nicotine is delivered to the bloodstream via absorption by the tissues of the mouth.  It is available over-the-counter in Europe, the US and elsewhere. The pieces are usually available in individual foil packages and come in various flavors. Nicotine content is usually either 2 or 4 mg of nicotine. Popular brands include Nicotex, Nicorette, Nicogum, Nicotinell and Zonnic.  Alternative nicotine replacement products include the nicotine patch, nicotine pastilles/lozenges and the nicotine inhaler.

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Nicotine Inhalers

Nicotine inhalers allows cigarette smokers to get nicotine without using tobacco, much like nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some nicotine inhaler product(s?) for smoking cessation.[5] Nicotine inhalers that are marketed as nicotine replacement therapy should not be confused with electronic cigarettes, which produce an aerosol, usually from a tobacco extract, using a heating coil, while nicotine inhalers produce a noncombusted nicotine aerosol.[5] A study found that “levels of carcinogens and toxins in e-cigarettes typically exceeded those measured in an FDA-approved nicotine inhaler”.[5] Nicotine inhalers are also known by their nickname of “the puffer”. These devices are made of thin plastic, sometimes resembling a cigarette, or a cylinder shape. They contain a porous nicotine-filled plug, located in the base of the product. When you puff on the inhaler, nicotine aerosol is inhaled and absorbed in the mouth’s lining. Every inhaler delivers almost four hundred puffs of this nicotine vapor. The nicotine inhaler is also temperature sensitive. In cooler weather, less nicotine is delivered. The Nicotine Inhaler is considered easier to use than the electronic cigarette as it is usually disposable, and contains fewer parts than the electronic cigarette.

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Nicotine Lozenges

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