Health & Medical Addiction & Recovery

Tools to Quit Smoking

Every year, as the calendar changes back to January, thousands, if not millions of people make the resolution to quit smoking.
Often these same people make the same resolution every year, but then fall back into their same old destructive habits.
Statistics show that most people who quit need more than one try to be successful.
Perhaps these people should explore some of the products that are available to help them quit smoking successfully.
While quitting cold turkey is often seen as the best way to go, it can be very challenging for some people.
This is when one simply cuts off cigarettes completely without any cessation plan.
Often, the body starts to rebel on both a physical and psychological level.
To start, there are physical cravings for the nicotine the person has grown dependent upon.
These by themselves can be miserable enough to drive the person back to smoking.
The psychological challenge can be quite daunting too though.
People who smoke for years develop routines that are very deeply ingrained.
They often respond to cues that tell them it is time to light up.
Some common triggers are a break time at work, finishing a meal, having a drink with friends, or, in some cases, just waking up.
When the cigarettes are suddenly removed from these situations, the smoker can feel quite deprived and will often focus on their sense of losing something.
There are tools that are designed to help the smoker break out of not only their physical addiction, but the psychological one as well.
Smoking cessation aids help smokers to get out of the routine of lighting a cigarette at some particular time.
Some of these aids, like nicotine gums and lozenges, work to fill the nicotine urge by supplying the drug in a less harmful way.
Gradually, the replacement is taken away as well.
Other tools, like smoking cessation computers, work on breaking the smoker's routines while gradually cutting down the number of cigarettes smoked each day.
These devices are a bit like hand held timers that "learn" the smokers usual smoking patterns, and then figure out the best way to slowly wean them from their habit.
The computer, which is about the size of a key chain, alerts the smoker to when it is time for them to smoke.
These times will no longer coincide with the old routines, and the times will get spread apart at increasingly longer intervals.
Eventually, cigarettes are eliminated completely.
Each person will respond differently to different approaches.
Some people may require several quit attempts before finding something that works.
The key is to focus on the benefits that will be achieved and to keep on trying.

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