Ways to Stop Smoking

There are two ways you can stop smoking:

Abrupt Quitting ‘Cold Turkey’

To completely stop smoking at once, with nothing to help with any withdrawal symptoms. You can get rid of everything you own related to smoking—lighters, ashtrays and cigarette packs. When these are out of your life, you’ll have higher chances of resisting temptations better. You will feel its health benefits more quickly, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your breathing and energy level improves within two days, and your circulation becomes better in 2 to 12 weeks.

This may test your willpower, you may become irritable, have frequent mood swings and snap due to the smallest things. Nicotine is what makes cigarettes addictive, but you can get it from other sources like gums and patches if you can’t control your cravings.

Gradual Quitting ‘Nicotine fading’

This gives you the flexibility and time to adjust to being a non-smoker. Most people prefer to quit smoking gradually. However, a strict plan needs to be made on how to cut down on nicotine and still incorporating a behavioural plan to eliminate the psychological dependency. You can quit smoking gradually by reducing your nicotine intake by smoking fewer cigarettes each day, and by switching to brands with lower nicotine content at specific intervals. Gradually quitting can be achieved normally between 2-3 weeks.

If you are a heavier smoker, you can make some substantial reductions in the beginning, and then taper more gradually for the last week or so.

If you decide to try to quit smoking gradually, keep in mind that no matter what product or technique you use, you will still have some withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine fading, if done properly will substantially reduce the withdrawal symptoms you would experience otherwise.

Source: Quit smoking advisor 2014

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