Quitting smoking can be a very difficult thing to do. When you decide that you want to stop smoking, research all the different methods at your disposal and choose the one that will suit your habit and personality best. While this method is one of many quitting methods, it has worked for a number of people, so it might just be worth consideration in your own case.
This method requires a little bit of willpower, but will stop your body’s chemical addiction to nicotine and help prevent the psychological, as well as habitual drive to light up. Make sure you’re healthy enough to follow the steps for any quitting method and it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first.
1 Decide that you want to stop smoking, but don’t make too big of a deal about it.
Get into the mindset that if you desire a cigarette really badly and light up, it will not be the end of the world. It can be a lot of stress
to quit smoking, and usually stress
creates nicotine cravings. Stressing out about quitting can just make you want to smoke more. Plan to quit in a week or so as you follow the next few steps. Organize some stress
-busting sidelines to distract you from wanting to light up. Go and exercise, watch a favorite TV show, call a friend, workout in the gym, take the dog for a walk, etc.
Continue reading “How to Quit Smoking Using Caffeine” »
Smoking, obviously, does your body no good whatsoever: It increases your risk of many kinds of cancer, it damages your lungs, it raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, it wreaks havoc with your looks. The good news is that you start to see measurable health benefits even just 20 minutes after quitting.
The American Cancer Society has tons of resources available for quitting on its website—including a Zombie Smokeout game that you can download to your phone in order to keep your hands and brain busy (and away from lighting up—plus, it’s just fun). But I love the organization’s quitting tips for specific personalities. Take a look:
The Cold Turkey: Someone who quits smoking all at once.
Tip for quitting: Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away. Continue reading “The Best Way to Quit Smoking, Based on Your Personality Type” »
DURHAM, N.C. — Milk does the body good — and may help smokers break the habit, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
Smokers reported that consuming milk, water, fruits and vegetables worsened the taste of cigarettes, while consuming alcohol, coffee and meat enhanced their taste, according to the scientists.
The findings could lead to a “Quit Smoking Diet” or to development of a gum or lozenge that makes cigarettes less palatable, said lead study investigator Joseph McClernon, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of medical psychiatry at the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research. Continue reading “Foods and Beverages that Can Help or Buffle You To Stop Smoking” »
Smoking puts the lungs at increased risk for cellular damage. After smoking cessation, vitamins can help repair lung damage. Seek the advice of a medical professional before trying to prevent, treat or cure any lung condition.
Smoking leads to the increased oxidative damage of lung tissue. The toxins found in cigarette smoke cause the increased production of free radicals that attach themselves to lung cells and cause their damage or death, according to a study published in 2008 in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.” Antioxidants will help your lungs recover. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin found in foods including citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers, is a powerful antioxidant. The vitamin may reduce the harmful effects of toxic cigarette smoke, according to the researchers. Continue reading “Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking” »
The physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are notoriously difficult to overcome, but the psychological cravings for cigarettes can be even worse.
According to addiction medicine specialist Michael Miller, MD, smoking is hard to shake partly because it’s such a repetitive habit. “Smokers light up so often that they make associations with it—driving, for instance, or talking on the phone or drinking a cup of coffee,” he says.
To successfully quit smoking, it’s important to know the triggers that send you looking for a cigarette and figure out ways to defuse them.
For many smokers, the cigarette after a good meal is the most delicious one of all, and the urge to light up often hits as soon as they drop their fork.
To resist post-meal cravings, get up from the table immediately after eating and do something enjoyable to distract yourself, experts recommend.
Go for a brisk walk, play a board game—anything to keep your lungs and hands busy and your mind off smoking. Continue reading “6 Common Smoking Triggers and How to Fight Them” »
We all know that smokers have a much higher risk of getting cancer than non-smokers. Therefore physicians advise everyone to get rid of that bad habit. But, if you cannot stop, you can at least try in some way to reduce the risk. Some products can certainly help you expand the airways. The lungs cannot fully clear only with the consumption of these products, but you can at least, to some extent get rid of the toxins and thus to reduce the chance of getting cancer.
Corn contains beta – cryptoxanthin believed to protect from lung cancer because it is a strong antioxidant. On the other hand, keep in mind that most packaged corn on the shelves in stores is genetically modified, so it is better to look at the natural one. Continue reading “Clean Your Lungs From Nicotine Naturally” »
Smoking can affect the body in monumental ways. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Below are some of the most common complaints when a smoker stops smoking with cold turkey methods.
- Acid Indigestion/Heartburn - If you had acid indigestion before you quit, it will get a bit worse and then it will go away. If you never had heartburn this symptom can last for about 3 weeks to 3 months. Try Tums orDGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice), which may help acid reflux too.
- Gas or flatulence - This may last several weeks. Don’t eat gas producing foods like beans, cabbage or cauliflower. You can also try Beano.
- Diarrhea -This can last a few days. Try any over the counter remedy. The body is adjusting to the new digestive changes.
- Nausea - This symptom almost seems like the flu. It usually lasts a week. Drinking any carbonated beverage should help.\
- Constipation- This may last several weeks. Cigarettes act like a diuretic and also a laxative in the body so when you take nicotine away you can get constipated. You can use an over the counter remedy or
- You can make a Homemade Laxative Recipe which is gentler on the body.
Continue reading “What Happens When You Quit Smoking: Side Effects Of Quitting Smoking” »
Did you know using tobacco products is a preventable cause of death? In the United States, it ranks No. 1 as a cause we can prevent through behavioral change alone. Almost 500,000 American smokers die each year. Another concern is the health care cost; smoking-related illnesses cost nearly $300 billion a year. You can be a key part of smoking cessation for someone you care about. Research tells us that people are in different stages of readiness to quit. The University of Alabama’s Dr. Alice March offers some suggestions for you to help your loved one with tobacco addition.
Pre-contemplation—This means your loved one is not even thinking about quitting. This can be from not having enough information about the consequences of smoking. If you have not already done so, start a discussion about the effects of smoking on them and on those around them. If you have done this, or are worried that you will be “nagging,” leave written information around. This is a tough stage, but be diligent about watching for clues that indicate contemplation. Continue reading “Helping your loved one stop smoking” »
About 50 years ago, a young psychology professor by the name of Walter Mischel was walking around Stanford Medical School, when suddenly he had the smoker scared out of him.
“I was about 32 years old at the time, and this poor man on a gurney had his arm stretched out at his side, his chest was bare, his head was empty,” Mischel recalls. “He looked terrible, and he had little green Xs all over him.”
With a throat full of terror, Mischel asked the nurse what was going on.
The man has metastasized lung cancer, she replied, and the little green X marks directed where the radiation treatment was to be targeted.
At the time, Mischel was still a self-described “tobacco addict.” He thought that someday he might get into trouble for his stress-relieving habit, but who knows?
Seeing the dying man in the gurney, he realized that smoking wasn’t helping him out. Walter Mischel is the Robert Johnston Niven Professor of Humane Letters in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Continue reading “How To Quit Smoking: Stick Your Head In A Can Of Cigarette Butts, Says Famed Psychologist” »