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Quitting smoking: A promise worth keeping

Quitting smoking: A promise worth keeping

You, or at least one person you know has vowed to quit smoking. How's it going? Why does it seem so hard?... Smoking is not only a psychological habit but it is also a physical addiction, and one that has become quite prevalent in today's society.

Everyone who smokes knows the risks associated with it and they also know that quitting is probably the best thing they could do for their health, but knowing these things never makes it easier. Smoking on a daily basis almost becomes a ritual and the temporary high that individuals get from the nicotine is addictive as well. It is possible to quit smoking, motivation and social support play a major factor in doing so. Millions of people have kicked the habit and manage their cravings.

Here's an easy to remember acronym of steps to follow to get on the right track: stop smoking with S.T.A.R.T.

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

By letting your friends and family in on your plan to quit, ultimately it increases your support system and helps encourage you to quit. It is a good idea to try and stay active... keep yourself distracted, go for walks, runs or even grab dinner with friends.

A lot of people make use of chewing gum as a way to kick the habit of physically putting a cigarette in your mouth! There are countless ways to quit smoking which include the traditional, cold turkey, decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day progressively, nicotine replacement... OR try an alternative remedy such as electromagnetic therapy or acupuncture. Whatever it is that works for you, go with it! Quit smoking and be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.