Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Yes, quitting smoking can be hard. But, if millions of people can give up, you can too. Here are some tips which may help you to stop smoking:
Try noting down a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. It may be you want to - have a better health, protect your family from secondhand smoke, reduce your chances of getting cancers, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
This can be beneficial for those who have been trying to kick the butt as it uses products that supply low doses of nicotine. Studies have shown that nicotine gum, lozenges, and patches improve your chances of success.
Quit smoking program
Consider joining a quit smoking program as it can help you cope with the problems you face while trying to give up. Quit smoking programs help you understand why you smoke while proving tips on how you can quit it.
Certain activities like drinking alcohol and going to places that allow smoking can spoil your 'no-smoking goal'. Try to avoid or limit alcohol intake when you first quit. Go to places that restrict smoking and spend more time with non-smokers.
Tell your family members and friends you're close to that you are trying to quit. They can help you to stick to your 'quit-smoking strategies'. Talk to a counselor and get assistance.
Research has shown that exercise can help you deal with both the physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction. Even moderate physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, has been shown to reduce the urge to smoke.