Quit Smoking: Permanently

Many smokers mistakenly think that switching to a low-tar and low-nicotine brand will ease their nicotine addiction, making it easier for them to quit smoking but actually, the tobacco is the same in all cigarettes.
The only difference is that the low brands have more holes punched into their paper or filters, so you don’t get as good a draw when inhaling. But to compensate, people smoking low brands tend to inhale more deeply and take more puffs, so they wind up getting the same amount of nicotine.

Same goes for cutting down the number of cigarettes you smoke. If you smoke fewer every day, you’ll just take longer and more frequent puffs, so you’ll still be getting the same amount of nicotine. In studies conducted, it was found out that the average smoker has 30 cigarettes a day (1 and half packs), taking ten three-second puffs on each butt. When he cuts down to only ten cigarettes, the number of puffs increases, and each puff becomes longer and more deeply inhaled, up to eight seconds. So cutting down is not an effective way to stop smoking. Instead, you have to stop smoking completely.

Here are some ways to make the rough road a little easier, once you crush out your last butt and retire your habit for good.

1. Drink orange juice

orange juice

If you’re quitting cigarette, you’ll get over withdrawal symptoms faster if you drink a lot of orange juice. By making your urine more acidic, you’ll clear your body of nicotine faster. However, if you’re using the nicotine patch or gum (which needs a doctor’s prescription), then don’t drink orange juice, because you want to keep nicotine in your body.

2. Soak yourself

Another way to distract yourself from the urge to smoke is with a nice hot shower or relaxing bath. The soothing hot water carries another bonus for the nicotine-dependent. One of the best ways to deal with pain is to do something relaxing.

3. Get a lot of exercise

step aerobics with dumbbells

Taking a walk is one of the best ways to walk away from a cigarette. Exercise in an excellent method of distraction for people trying to quit. When you exercise, you’re not as aware of your internal state. So if you’re in the middle of a tennis game or curling your biceps at the gym, you’re not going to feel the cravings; you’re focused too much on what you’re doing at the moment. Besides, the longer you exercise, the healthier you feel, and many people find that regular workout psychologically turns them off smoking.

Most experts suggest daily exercise during the quitting stage. Some even suggest a brief walk or another exercise whenever you feel the cravings.

4. Drink a baking soda cocktail


If you’re not on a low-sodium diet, researchers say you may get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawal symptoms by dissolving two tablespoons of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in a glass of water. Have this drink with every meal.

Note: this is not recommended if you have peptic ulcer.

5. Reward yourself


A federally funded, 1.3 million dollar study on smoking habits found that people who are paid 1 dollar for every day they go without a smoke are more successful at staying off nicotine than other quitters. The point is to indulge yourself in some way to compensate for the sacrifice you’re making. Any reward will do; money is just an option.

6. Quarantine yourself


In order to be successful at quitting smoking, you have to prepare to leave situations where smoking is permitted. Modify your activities so that you spend more time in non-smoking areas. Go to the library, the church or visit places where you cannot smoke. It’s important to understand that these nicotine cravings will pass, but they will pass more easily if you’re someplace where you cannot indulge.

7. Monitor your vices


Once you get off cigarettes as a source of nicotine, it’s essential that you reduce both your caffeine and alcohol consumption. That’s because your body loses some of its capacity to process both of these substances as you reduce the amount of nicotine in your body. Someone who smokes will process caffeine 2 and a half times faster than someone who doesn’t. That means, if you quit smoking, you’ll need only about a third as much coffee to get the same rush you got from coffee drinking while you we’re still smoking. You’ll also get drunk faster without nicotine in your body, so drink in moderation.

While these steps are somewhat easy to do, it still takes a lot of willpower and sacrifice to really be successful. It really pays a lot to be healthy, and it always starts with your determination.
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