Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Stop Smoking - Quit And Be A Winner!

If you are even slightly familiar with self-improvement techniques, you will be aware that the word QUIT is not part of our vocabulary.

However, if you are trying to quit smoking, when you do quit you will be a winner. It has been well documented as to the effects of smoking, for example:

1. Smoking Kills (do I need to go on?)
2. Coughing and short of breath, yellow teeth, yellow fingers, reduced fitness and raised blood pressure.
3. Women who smoke have reduced fertility, and men who smoke can suffer impotence.
4. People who smoke usually look older with more wrinkles, than a non-smoker of the same age.

There are plenty more effects, but we should not be looking for negatives, we should be looking for ways to stop smoking.

If you are reading this article because you genuinely are looking for help to stop smoking, for whatever reason, then you should be aware of one thing.

IF YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO STOP SMOKING, YOU WON'T. All the stop smoking tips, and all the stop smoking aids in the world will not help you.
You really must have a burning (no pun intended) desire to stop smoking cigarettes.

On july 1st 2007, all the UK became smoke free when England introduced a smoking ban.

I am sure that a lot of people are looking for stop smoking methods, but I wonder how many are digging their heels in, refusing to be dictated to.

HOW TO STOP SMOKING Did you know, that only 3% of people stop smoking using willpower alone?
We can assume then, that it would be advisable to have as much help as we can find.

There are many stop smoking programs and many nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products on the market. Stop smoking hypnosis is also an area you may wish to consider.

I personally found that patches were a great help, but I still needed two attempts with them and I had some really vivid dreams.

A while before I finally made my mind up to stop smoking, my two young daughters had begged me to quit, because the didn't want their dad to die.

I wasn't that keen on the idea myself, but you know what it's like to be a smoker, we can always find good reasons (excuses) to continue smoking.

As it transpired, the request from my girls was to be a major source of inspiration in my quest to give up the weed.

When you start a stop smoking campaign, you need to approach it almost like a military campaign. Not quite on the scale of 'Desert Storm', but you will need to recruit as many allies as possible, because the enemy is cunning, devious and dangerous.

You should set the date you are going to become a non-smoker, and you should make this day one which you think will be stress free.

You should write your campaign details down and refer to them daily. Recruit friends and family to act as your stop smoking support, and try to avoid situations you know which will trigger off your craving for nicotine.

Whichever method YOU choose to finally quit smoking, you are doing something which will improve the quality of your life, and who knows how much improvement you are capable of.

So for anyone who has made the decision to quit, it is ok to say


As an ex smoker, the author knows how difficult it is to stop smoking and he offers more advice on how to stop at http://www.self-help-group.com/stopsmoking

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