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Dennis Long*, a 43-year-old sales representative in Knoxville, TN, used multiple options during a recent quit attempt, and has been more successful for it. “I started out trying to use the [nicotine-replacement] patch, but it turned out that it wasn’t enough,” he says. Dennis discovered that the patch helped with the nicotine cravings, but did not address the psychological aspects of his habit. He enrolled in a company-sponsored smoking-cessation program that provided counseling and hotlines to call.

“I’ve always been a little bit stubborn,” Dennis notes, “but when I enlisted the help of other people, it was amazing how much easier the process became and how much more confident I was in my own ability to quit.”

In addition to these options, alternative treatments are popular for those who cannot or prefer not to take drugs. Susan Gayle, CH, RMT, believes that hypnosis is an effective method that can help people quit bad habits, including smoking. As a certified hypnotherapist, she teaches her clients techniques to help them change unwanted behaviors. One technique she suggests is to repeat a phrase each night before bed about your intention to be a non-smoker. “The last thing we tell ourselves before falling asleep will be repeated by our subconscious mind all night long,” Gayle says. “State everything in positive terms, such as ‘I am a non-smoker, now and forever,’ rather than ‘I will not smoke.’”

Gayle offers the reminder that quitting smoking is really about managing one craving at a time. It is not necessary to think about how you will get through your entire life as a non-smoker, only to get through each craving successfully. “You are choosing only not to have that next cigarette,” she says. “Focus on that and let the future take care of itself.” One way to do this is to focus on drinking a glass of water instead, suggests Gayle. “Envision that it is washing away the urge AND washing away all toxins from smoking,” she notes.

Other natural methods that have been successful in assisting quit attempts include acupuncture, meditation, yoga and exercise. Even snacking on red and purple grapes can reduce physical cravings, according to Gayle, and is good for keeping your hands and mouth busy with a low-calorie replacement for a cigarette.

Quit Smoking with Support

One thing that people often overlook in planning to quit smoking is building a support network of friends and family. They can help keep you accountable to your goals, and help keep you occupied with non-smoking activities.

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SeanDjoueur

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.

CherylDawn

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.