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Tracie Allen,* a 31-year-old, stay-at-home mom from Plano, TX, felt it imperative to quit smoking when she discovered that she was pregnant with her second child. She quit smoking after her first pregnancy, but took up the habit again as a secret smoker only after her child was in bed for the night. “I would only smoke when Maia [her daughter] was asleep or at school because I didn’t want her to know that I was smoking,” Tracie says. When she found out she was pregnant again, she had trouble quitting because she hadn’t planned for it. Fortunately, she did find help and was able to do something. “I had no idea that we had programs in my city to help people quit smoking until my nurse practitioner mentioned it to me at a prenatal visit,” she says. That help, combined with hypnotherapy, has kept Tracie smoke-free.

“I couldn’t believe I’d gotten myself hooked on smoking again, after I’d already worked so hard to give it up once before,” Tracie says. “I knew that I wanted to make the healthiest choice for my new baby, so I was committed to doing everything I could to quit again.” You may have experienced a situation similar to Tracie in the past. Planning for your own success this time will make the next steps of quitting smoking that much easier.

Ways to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. Thankfully, there are numerous techniques to help you kick the smoking habit. And, often times you will need to use more than one to find success.

“Because nicotine addiction is two-pronged, both physical and psychological, combining methods can offer a lot of assistance,” says Heather LaChance, Ph.D., an expert with National Jewish Medical Center and a developer of the Colorado Quit Line program.

Many people avoid nicotine-replacement therapy such as gum, lozenges or the patch due to a perception that the therapy is a form of cheating. But, this treatment option is safer than smoking and can help you get through the first weeks of quitting smoking. Newer medications, such as Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion), also help to reduce some of the dependency on smoking. While these medications can be helpful, they may not be appropriate for everyone. A qualified physician can help you decide what therapies and treatment options you can combine for your best chance at quitting smoking successfully.

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Hi, I been trying to quit smoke for so many time, I actually stop smoking for almost 25 Days during last Christmas, I thought I can achieve my last year goal to quit smoking. But too bad that in event of rushing my company year end project, I meet the ruiner, make me no choice to join them to smoke and move alone in order to get the project complete. I feel so bad that asking myself "why I can't stand firm and say no to smoke". I didn't give up, I plan to start over again on this coming 16 June 2013, which is my Register of Marriage. I will take this as a new start and I believe I can make it this time, wish me luck, your support will be very helpful and supportive to me. Thanks. :)

shortbread55

Today is my quit date set a couple of weeks ago. I've planned for it, but have had a hard time sticking to my plan the last week, so I don't really feel as prepared for today as I'd like to be, but I'm going for it today anyway. I look at it this way: "If not now, then when?" I've put up affirmation signs like that to encourage myself and I appreciate this help here and would like some friends to support me.

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I find this article to be very positive and it has some very helpful suggestions - things that are common sense that I never had thought of. I am a smoker of 36 years and really know I need to quit, and almost want to quit completely. With suggestions from this article I believe that it may be a bit easier or at least tolerable to quit. I have printed this article to share with my husband who also wants to quit, he and I both have tried and failed in the past to quit. Once again, I apprieciate the positive nature of this piece and will utilize its suggestions when I quit, which will be sooner than later. Thank you for providing this service.