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Quitting Smoking – Your New Year’s Resolution

january 1stNew Year – New You. How many people make a resolution every year to give up smoking, but then give up all too soon? Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, and while the start of a new year is a great time to decide to give up the habit, it does mean that you need to put steps in place to give yourself the best chance of avoiding cigarettes. Although quitting isn’t something that happens overnight, the good news is that if you can consistently stick to your resolution for 21 days, you’ll have the best chance of breaking the habit, so here are some top tips to help you give up for good.

Cut Down Your Intake

The first step to success is to just not have any cigarettes around for you to lay your hands on. Don’t buy any more cigarettes once you’ve decided to give up, and don’t carry any out and about with you when you leave the house. You can’t smoke cigarettes that you don’t have.

Replace Smoking With Another Activity

Smoking is a habit in all senses of the word. This means that you probably smoke at particular times of the day, or if something specific triggers you. One of the best ways to give up is to replace smoking with a different, less harmful activity. Some people switch out smoking with snacking and while that is a good idea, if weight is an issue for you, you might want to think of something else. Some people find that they need to do something with their hands to replace the action of smoking, and take up knitting or sewing instead as it keeps their hands occupied with a rhythmic motion.

E-Cigs and Vaping

Increasing numbers of people are finding that switching from cigarettes to vaping helps to improve their chances of success when it comes to quitting tobacco. Vaping is now known to be a healthier and safer way of consuming nicotine, with none of the harmful effects associated with tobacco smoking, and it is now even being recommended by medical professionals as a great alternative to smoking. As e-cigarettes maintain the repetitive muscle action for the hands and arms that smokers are familiar with, while also maintaining the same kind of throat hit, they are a realistic and convenient way to reduce the amount of nicotine consumed over time, until eventually it isn’t needed at all. As an added bonus, e-juice is available in such a vast selection of flavours that there is bound to be one that suits everyone’s taste. From traditional tobacco for those who are really missing their classic smoke to refreshing menthol, fruity tastes and sweet dessert flavours, some of the most excellent e liquids on the market encompass an enormous variety that won’t fail to impress.

Although giving up smoking is never going to be easy, vape pens and delicious e-liquids represent an ideal way to give up tobacco and to enjoy a healthier and happier 2018 without a single cigarette in sight!

You Need To Understand Why It Is Hard When You’re Trying To Quit Smoking

When you’re trying to quit smoking, other smokers are a threat to you. Seeing them light up, inhale, and exhale can immediately trigger that craving for a cigarette. This is the most challenging thing to withstand for a soon-to-be-ex-smoker. When you see others smoking, and you’re trying hard not to, it is difficult, and even more so when it is all that’s on your mind.

Everywhere you look, it seems like everyone is smoking doesn’t it?  Even though there are more restrictions, higher taxes, and the stigma that goes with smoking, you still see people puffing away, and that isn’t helping you and your cravings.

You have co-workers that are smoking, you have family members smoking, your friends are smoking. Go to the movies or watch television and you see actors smoking. And when you see actors smoking, it just glorifies it, making you crave it even more.

Understand Your Craving

woman smokingYou can’t simply hide for the weeks or months that it takes to get through this period. With knowledge comes understanding and with understanding comes power. And when it we’re talking about quitting smoking, this couldn’t be a better statement regarding the things that triggers your cravings.  Having that understanding will help you prepare yourself when it happens.

Experts that have studied people that are trying to quit noted that when you see the repetitious motions that are associated with cigarette smoking from the perspective of a second person, it triggered the desire for a cigarette. There are repetitive motions by a smoker every day, over and over, and the brain learns those motions. This tells us that smoking is more than just a physical craving, it is a behavior of rituals performed while smoking too.

So, when a person that trying to quit sees others following those same rituals, their brain processes those rituals with smoking. Activity then starts to heighten in the parietal lobe because the brain activity associated with the same rituals.

You Can Beat The Cravings

One method you could use to beat this is to turn off the TV, never leave your house again, and avoid all contact with the outside world. However, that is a bit extreme and could cause your family and friends to have concerns for your mental state.

The better option is to cope with the things that trigger your cravings and continue living life. It is hard to believe you’ll get to that point, but within 30 to 60 days (for most people), you will get past these cravings and even be able to talk to smokers again.

Find Coping Strategies

Keep chewing gum and hard candy on hand, especially if your hands are idle, like while watching television. Drink a lot of water – that will drown your cravings, but avoid alcohol which weakens any inhibitions.

Create your safe list of movies or television shows that do not have people smoking in them. The less you see glamorized smoking, the better.

no smokingOpt for going to musicals and plays because public venues do not permit smoking and the show will engage and entertain your mind, which will keep you from thinking about cigarettes. Skip going to the bars for now until you have mastered your cravings.

Find activities that will keep your hands busy such as art and crafts, sewing, woodworking, etc. Keep your guard up and when you see somebody smoking, turn the other way. You’ll only have to do this for a short time, and it will keep your cravings to a minimum.