Stop Smoking Methods

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Stop Smoking Methods


There are a lot of stop smoking methods available for any individual who wishes to kick the habit. Not every method will suit everyone. Some people will find success with a method that may not have worked for someone else even a close friend or relative.

The most important thing here is to use a stop smoking method that is simple, convenient and effective, even if it means spending a bit of money. You certainly will re-coup your money from the savings you make when you finally quit. See that expense as an investment in your health.

 Here are some of the popular stop smoking methods.

Quitting Cold Turkey

This natural stop smoking method requires the individual to set a pre-determined date as the quitting date and you stick to it. You have your last cigarette the night before the set date and you stop smoking for good on that set date.

You may wish to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke as the date approaches until you stop altogether or you continue to smoke the name of cigarettes until you have your very last cigarettes. Both approaches are valid and doesn’t matter which route you take.

Quitting cold turkey does however require will-power because without it, the cravings and other nicotine withdrawal symptoms will make you relapse. The main advantage of this stop smoking method is that it is cheap, very cheap indeed but the drawback being a high failure rate.

One tip is to employ 4 Ds when you have the urge to smoke again.

 Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT

On the surface, this is supposed to be a very good method as the individual wishing to stop smoking simply replaces the nicotine he/she is being deprived of, by virtue of quitting. So in effect, instead of getting the “nicotine fix” through cigarette smoke, you get it from patches or gums. These patches and gums are available for purchase over the counter or online.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is also available from inhalers and sprays but these methods of delivery of nicotine into your body requires a doctor’s prescription, so are not available over the counter.

Nicotine replacement therapy as a method works over a period of weeks to months as you gradually taper the dose of the nicotine until you wean yourself off it altogether. This is an effective stop smoking method that is arguably the most popular the world over.


Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture as a stop smoking method relies on how energy flows in the body. Energy is by nature supposed to flow freely all around the body. This free flow of energy is further enhanced by placing needles and small seeds at specific points in the body.

By promoting and facilitating this free flow of energy around the body, the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal are blocked making the quitting process relatively easy.

If this energy flow is facilitated by use of seeds instead of needles, it is then referred to as acupressure. Acupuncture and acupressure are two stop smoking methods that seem to be fairly popular in the far east and has been very successful in people needing help to quit smoking opium.

 Aversion Therapy

Aversion therapy is one of the stop smoking methods that gets a lot of creative juices flowing. Everyone you talk to who has quit smoking with aversion therapy has a different spin on it. The whole idea behind this method is to employ any technique that will make you find smoking as disgusting as possible such that you never want to smoke a cigarette ever again.

Some people have chewed cigarettes when they have the urge to smoke instead of actually lighting up.

Some have put old cigarette butts in a jar, shut it and would open the jar to sniff it when the urge creeps up on them. Apparently, it smells aweful and will put you right off.

Use of tight rubberbands on wrist and snapping it against your wrist to suppress the urge apparently works for some individuals.

Smoking a mouthful of cigarettes is supposed to produce a disgusting taste in the mouth, bad enough for you to hate ever touching a cigarette ever again.

Now you see what I mean by being creative with aversion techniques. Just let your imagination run  wild, just so long as it is safe.

 Laser Technology

This is one of the stop smoking methods that utilises natural chemicals in the body to help with quitting. Your body makes substances called endorphins which can play a very important role in dealing with the nicotine withdrawal symptoms as they are natural pain killers.

What happens with this method is that the endorphins are mobilised by applying pressure on specific energy points to release these endorphins which in turn obliterate the nasty nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

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