Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Only Way To Stop Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes used to be a great deal more widespread than it is today. Now most smokers are searching for methods of stopping smoking. This is because smokers and the general public at large are more aware of the risks of smoking cigarettes nowadays.

Simply look at films made in the Sixties and before, everyone is smoking. It proves how common smoking was compared with today. This would not be allowed now as you may not smoke in public places, on public transport, in restaurants or in bars any more in most Western countries and elsewhere as well.

The problem with smoking is that not just the smoker suffers, so does everyone around the smoker. This is called passive smoking and it affects people working or living with smokers - a barmaid or a spouse for example. So, all these people are risking their health so that tobacco businesses can become richer.

No matter how long someone has been smoking, it is possible to stop the habit. Anyone who has stopped smoking will tell you that stopping smoking cigarettes is all to do with the mind. You really have to want to stop smoking, or you will not do it successfully.

Individuals have different ways of stopping smoking cigarettes. Some say that nicotine patches or nicotine gum help, because you can wean yourself off nicotine slowly without having to inhale the poisonous smoke of cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive and most of the chemical withdrawal symptoms have to do with the shortage of nicotine in the body.

Most individuals find that the single effective way of stopping smoking cigarettes is to give up smoking dead - in one go. It is very difficult to cut down or to swap to a weaker brand. You are still inhaling poisonous smoke. It is still no good to you or anyone around you.

Cutting down or switching brands is not effective, because you will still smoke other smokers' and you will still be in a smokers' environment. You will also find yourself smoking tomorrow's five cigarettes today, promising not to smoke any the next day. That never works. You have to quit smoking dead.

There are a number of situations that can supply the motivation to give up smoking cigarettes. Illness is usually high on the list. A couple of years ago two friends of mine who smoked heavily stopped smoking cigarettes within weeks of every other.

One was in his sixties and had smoked for almost sixty years: he was told that his lungs were beginning to go, but that if he stopped smoking, the shock may kill him. He stopped smoking one morning and survived, but what a dilemma!

The other was in his fifties and drove a lot as a travelling salesman. The doctor told him that he would probably have to have a leg removed next year, if he did not stop smoking and that the other might go a year or so after that. He stopped smoking instantly and still has both legs.

So it appears that the trick to stopping smoking cigarettes successfully is to find your motivation (do you want to live long enough to see the grandkids married?) and bear that image in front of you at all times. Take nicotine substitutes if you have to and keep away from environments where people smoke more, like pubs.Join a sports club instead, something like tennis, table tennis, swimming or even chess.

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