Smoking poses danger not only to the smoker but those that are exposed to second-hand smoke and in the attempt to protect nonsmokers, bring back lost productivity and lower health costs associated with smoking related illnesses government and private entities are making drastic changes to their smoking policies. Cigarette taxes, new laws and regulations along with new company policies are encouraging smokers to quit.
There are many things to consider before stopping. Think about the value of your own life.A study published by the British Medical Journal states that by stopping smoking you can add seven years to your life lifespan. Of course living longer doesn’t mean much if the quality of your life is poor. Authorities in the medical field all agree; smoking kills.
Techniques to Quit Smoking
When you are ready to stop smoking you need to make a firm commitment. The addictive properties of smoking will create many challenges when you quit. The best way to succeed is to believe in your heart and mind that you are going to stop smoking once and for all. Begin by telling yourself you are a non-smoker and believe it! You weren’t born one so why should you die one?
There are a number of techniques to quit smoking; select the method that you think will work best. If you first don’t succeed, try and try again. It may require many attempts before you are successful.
NRT (also known as Nicotine Replacement Therapy) – Products such as nicotine gum, lozenge and patch deliver nicotine to your body without the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke. Decreasing the physical withdrawals.
Acupuncture and Laser Therapy – Both of these are based on Chinese medicine and put pressure on strategic points in the body which balance the flow of vital energy. Acupuncture makes use of needles and laser therapy uses a small laser.
Hypnosis – By putting a person in a relaxed state and giving them suggestions to quit smoking they can actually get the will to succeed. Visualization methods help smokers see what life is like not smoking and helps them break their addiction.
Yoga and Meditation – With the use of yoga and meditation you can strengthen your body and mind giving you the will and drive to stop for good. By having a positive attitude and improving your self-esteem you can conquer negative habits.