Helpful Hints to Help You Stop Smoking

There is no question that quitting smoking is tough. People don't continue to smoke because they are unaware of the health risks; they continue to smoke because it is both a habit and an addiction, and quitting is really hard. However, quitting is not impossible. If you want to quit smoking, don't feel discouraged; you can do it. Quitting requires commitment and support.

Why Is It So Hard to Quit?

There are two components to smoking: the physical addiction and the psychological habit. When you smoke cigarettes, you get a high from the nicotine in them, just like you would experience a high from any other drug. When you stop smoking your body experiences withdrawal symptoms.

Compounding the physical addiction is the psychological addiction. Many people use smoking as a way to cope with stressful experiences in their lives. When the habit of smoking is removed, the stress is still present, and the former smoker does not know how to cope.

Aside from the use of smoking as a coping mechanism, there is also the presence of smoking as a part of a person's regular, daily routine. In addition to being a serious addiction, smoking is a habit that is hard to break. You might start your day with coffee and a cigarette, follow meals with a cigarette, socialize with co-workers while taking a smoke break, or smoke while driving. Removing the habit of smoking from your life disrupts your daily routine.

How Can I Quit?

Despite these challenges, quitting smoking is possible for you. Try some of these helpful hints to support you through the process of quitting smoking.

  1. Start by setting a date to quit. This gives you a firm commitment to a quit date while allowing you a little time to prepare for the change. During the time before your quit date, start keeping a journal of your cravings. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, write down the following bits of information:
    1. The date and time;
    2. The intensity of the craving, on a scale from 0 - 10;
    3. Where you were;
    4. Who you were with;
    5. What you were doing;
    6. How you felt prior to smoking;
    7. How you felt after smoking.

    This will help you to identify the situations that trigger cravings for you.

  2. Next, develop a plan to help you avoid triggers. Whenever possible, you should avoid the situations that cause a cigarette craving. If you feel the urge to smoke when you drink, avoid going to bars. There are some smoking triggers that cannot be completely avoided. For example, many people feel the urge to smoke after eating a meal. In cases like these, try to find a habit that can replace smoking. If you feel like you need to have something in your hands after eating, try knitting to keep your hands busy instead of holding a cigarette. If you feel the urge to put something in your mouth after eating, try chewing gum or sucking on a piece of hard candy. Replacing the habit of smoking with another, less harmful habit can help to ease the psychological addiction.
  3. Try laser therapy to help you stop smoking. Laser therapy addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction. Laser therapy causes the body to release endorphins, a natural substance within the body that calms cravings and eases withdrawal symptoms. It also improves the body's ability to detoxify.

If you are trying to quit smoking, contact Ontario Laser Health. Our laser therapy can help you to stop smoking and ease the process of quitting.