By: By Rocco D' Angelo
Smokers who want to quit smoking have a variety of different options that may double or even triple their chances of quitting. The approach of medication is to quell the cravings of nicotine, which is a very addicting drug. Know the Enemy. Make a list of all of the hazards of smoking – write them down – this helps you understand why you should quit. Make a date to quit and prepare yourself by figuring out how you will deal with the cravings. The day before, throw away all cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters. Do not get caught in the old trap of “using up” what I have. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Quitting smoking can change the way your body processes medications and even vitamins. If you need medications there are alternatives. Ask about nicotine replacement(patches, gum, lozenges & inhalers) drugs that ease cravings (wellbutrin, zyban) and nicotine site blockers in the brain (champix). Avoid temptation. Avoid social places that you associate with smoking – bars, restaurants, timmy’s, etc. Find alternatives. Start exercising and other ways to relax – yoga, meditation. Never quit trying to quit. In order to succeed you have to be ready and wanting to quit. If you are not fully committed, than wait until you are and try again.