Butt Out: 7 Great Smoking Cessation Tips to Try Today

If you're trying to quit smoking, you know what a challenge it can be. Make things a little bit easier with these 7 great smoking cessation tips.

You're going to do it this time. For real, you're going to quit.

But the temptation to take a drag from your cigarette is like a siren's call, and every past effort to stop smoking has failed. Is there any hope of ever putting away the cigs?

With our seven smoking cessation tips, you will be able to put away your cigarettes and, if you're determined enough, eventually quit altogether.

Are you ready to be, look and feel healthier? Then give these tips a try.

7 of the Best Smoking Cessation Tips

The number of smokers in America has dwindled, but that doesn't mean giving up the habit has gotten easier. These helpful suggestions may give you the extra support you need.

1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy

We don't mean speaking to a group about your addiction to nicotine, although that might be helpful, too. Instead, nicotine replacement therapy substitutes your cigarette with something that contains much smaller doses of nicotine.

It's an effective tactic that is suggested by doctors and medical experts because it satisfies your cravings and reduces symptoms of withdrawal.

Common types of NRT include over-the-counter gum, patches, and lozenges. Prescription inhalers and nasal sprays are also available.

2. Prescriptions

Other prescription medications exist to stop smoking, and many can be used in conjunction with NRT.

Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban) are among the two most common prescriptions. These drugs work to reduce the chemicals in the brain attributed to nicotine craving. Furthermore, they lessen the pleasure individuals receive when they smoke.

Speak with a doctor to see if a prescription is right for you.

3. Consider Timing

Plan your Quit Date during a period where you anticipate having less stress. Stress is one of the biggest triggers for smoking, so choosing to stop during a time when you'll be relaxed is ideal.

Avoid planning your Quit Date near holidays, job changes, life changes and portions of the year when you have an extensive "to do" list.

4. Find and Avoid Triggers

Anything that makes you want to smoke is a trigger. Triggers can be as seemingly innocuous as an after-dinner dessert or a mid-day break from work.

Don't try to identify your triggers after you quit. Instead, several weeks before your Quit Date, record the instances surrounding your cigarette breaks. Write down the time, craving intensity, what you're doing, your location, who you're with and how you feel emotionally.

Use this data to determine your triggers and avoid them.

5. Rinse and Repeat

Chances are you've already tried to stop smoking. Don't be discouraged. Some studies suggest it may take severe, life-long smokers 30 tries to finally kick the habit.

If you pick up a cigarette again, don't see it as inevitable. Instead, use it as an opportunity.

What caused you to smoke? Knowing will let you circumvent it in the next attempt.

6. Exercise

You don't have to run a marathon to curb those cravings. Research indicates a workout's intensity doesn't affect withdrawal. Whether it's ten minutes when the urge hits or two hours a day, studies show exercise still minimizes withdrawal effects.

7. Vaping

Many smokers swear by vaping, but few studies have been conducted on the relatively new phenomenon.

However, slowly adjusting the nicotine strength in a vape allows tobacco users to wean themselves off the drug. Eventually, they no longer crave it.

You Can Do This

If you put your all into it, these smoking cessation tips will help you put away the cigarettes for good.

For residents living in public housing, putting an end to nicotine smoking may be a necessity. Read all about the HUD's new smoke-free rule here.

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