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What’s the best way to quit smoking?
- By: Wynne Armand, MD, Contributor
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In my opinion, cold turkey with strong will power is the best way to stop smoking in 90% cases. However, smokers with weak will power (in 10% cases) can also get the help of medicines. For Muslims, month of Ramadan is the best month to quit smoking when they enjoy strong will power to correct their weaknesses.
In my opinion, cold turkey is best.
the only way to stop smoking is to STOP , thats it !! , one has to break the habit , so intead of getting up from your sleep and having a coffee or tea and a cigarette or breakfast , after arising clean your teeth and shower straight away, and then start your day ,,YES!! of course you will need willpower ,unfortunately you cant buy this the strength of this lies within yourself in just how much you REALLY want to stop smoking , ten days should be enough to break the habit your, daily ritual from awakening ,this is the most important time and also the time when your willpower is at its lowest ,dont replace your habit with E -cigs’ or nicotine patches ,your just shifting one addiction to another , cold turkey is really the best way ,yes you may put weight on ? , but not always the case , to be fat and a non-smoker is far better than being slim and a smoker ,, good luck ,this is my 19th year of being a seriously heavy NON-smoker
Totally agree with your view point William
I have been trying to leave smoking for years now but without a luck. I have already done most of what is written in this place except Varenicline (Chantix) which is unavailable in the place i m currently at.
dont stop trying ,you will eventually do it
!! , willpower and the need to REALLY want to stop , is all you need there truly is no substitute to cling on to , its not easy ,breaking the habit ,its a must !!, change your routine especially in the mornings ,dont sit with a ciggy and tea for breakfast , get showered and get out ,if only to get a paper or to get into work a little earlier , 7/10 days and the habit is broken ,the rest is all willpower and determination ,the benefits of not smoking is truly in abundance ,and especially now where the banning of smoking in many public places are on the increase ,good luck ,never give up trying to stop
I encourage you to not give up. For some people, it can take many attempts to quit before they are successful. The Center of Disease Control estimates on average 8-11 attempts before quitting. A 2016 study in BMJ Open (BMJ Open. 2016; 6(6): e011045) estimates on average 30 or more attempts to quit before successfully quitting for 1 year or more.
How I quit smoking after 15 years with no cravings and no helps, in one day.
I read “You Can Stop”. Instead of making a list of all the helps you can have ( because of course you will suffer and need all the help you can get), the book makes a long list of what happens to you when you quit. I focused on those, ie., my clothes and I no longer smell bad, my curtain will no longer be yellow, same for teeth and bad breath. (Speaks to vanity first.) Secondly, I will feel better, I will have more energy and be able to do a lot of interesting and new things. People will like me better, and more respect for me.
All the details on how I will become short of breath and probably succumb to various and sundry illnesses and disorders down the road didn’t work for me. I didn’t like thinking about those things. Instead, I wanted to think about the nice things that could happen to me tomorrow.
And that is precisely what happened to me. What was the catalyst?
KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Don’t overthink this.
I was in a doctor’s office at Kaiser Permanente, Hayward, CA.
I told him I was having headaches and didn’t want to rely on medication. I would tell myself, ” I don’t have a headache”. He educated me by saying, “That won’t work. The brain is like a computer in that it can’t accept a negative.” (I didn’t even have a computer so how would I know.)
On the way home I stopped for a cup of coffee and my usual cigarette. As I looked at the pack of Marlboro’s, I decided to try a positive statement. (Just for fun.) I settled on, “I feel good without this cigarette.” So then what happened…….
Something happened and I don’t know what it was. I finished my coffee and drove home without the cigarette. I didn’t keep repeating that statement. I just let it be. No additive words, just the simple “I feel good without that cigarette.” There were no cravings but whenever I would even think about a cigarette, I would KISS, and repeat the statement. No elaborations. For whatever reason, I would just go do something, forgetting cigarettes.
There was one other thing I remembered from the book and that was, “One will hurt”. KISS. As long I didn’t have “one”, I was officially a non- smoker. In one day! That was 38 years ago.
So then what happened…… Something happened and I don’t know what it was.
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