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Stop Smoking - Kicking The Smoking Habit
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Stop Smoking  -  Kicking the Smoking Habit

One out of four illness reported is smoking-related. It is one of the leading killers and in spite of popular belief about the smoking habit, it seriously affects almost every organ in the body. What can you do, if you smoke, and have not been able to kick the habit? You can kick the habit if you are serious about it and are willing to go through the unpleasantness of having a void in your life. This article shows you what you can do to ease the experience of smoking cessation.

Smoking adversely affects the lungs, larynx, esophageal, mouth, stomach, pancreas, colorectal system, liver, bladder, kidneys, cervix, breast, and causes blood cancers, besides innumerable other effects throughout the body.

Don't Do This On Your Own!

You will need lots of positive support when kicking the smoking habit. You will be depriving your body of the chemicals it has long become dependent on. The idea, of course, is to become independent of these substances. It's easier said than done, but it can be done!

You will need to muster yourself together in order to achieve smoking cessation and there are lots of tools to your advantage, far more than at any other time in history.

Each day you get through without smoking, the easier it will get. Don't look for this in the first few days, or even weeks, but it will come.

Short-Term Benefits

To help you along in your journey, you will have mile markers you can be looking for. There are short-term benefits that you will begin to note just days after cessation has begun. The two most prominent are

  1. More Energy
  2. Better Breathing

You will begin noticing that your breathing begins to get easier. You will still be coughing and hacking, but this should also begin to subside, though the effects may not be noticed as quickly as easier breathing begins to be noted.

A lot of junk will begin to break up and be dislodged from coughing. The effects from this may be felt for weeks, though it too, will subside.

You will also notice more energy. As the weeks pass, breathing gets easier and you will have more capacity. This translates to more energy. Also, the smoking habits hold on all the other organs mentioned above will be positively affected by the cessation.

Depending on how old you are and how long you've smoked will determine the extent of recovery. For long-time smokers, some irreparable damage in some organs may become apparent.

Readily Available Resources to Help You Kick the Habit

First, if you make the cessation more personally engaging, you will fare a better chance at overcoming the habit. You want to share in the lives of your great grand children. You know you won't if you continue the habit. Your great grand children are very personal to you, therefore, you can leverage this to help control the habit.

You need support. Not all of the support can come from within. Having outside support, such as a support group, or even your spouse, will add an element of success because you have committed to the task by having the support in place to help keep things in check.

There are medical preparations which can help increases success, though this author does not recommend these unless they are a last resort. There are other types of therapies, some of them in the alternative health arena. Hypnotherapy and EFT both are extremely effective tools and have been proven to work. Even AA-type programs are well-known to work. There are many, many stop-smoking programs available, some work very well, others are pure junk.

What to Look for in a Stop-Smoking Program

Trained Facilitator - You want a program with a facilitator that is experienced and successful at helping others quit.

At Least Four Sessions - There are many alternative health solutions to smoking cessations that can produce superior results for much less the cost than conventional medicine. It is a good rule of thumb that smoking cessations in modalities such as hypnotherapy, have adequate number of sessions (but not too many) to break the habit. It is commonly thought that habit forming takes about three weeks on average.

Counseling Component - This benefit comes without saying. You need support and talk therapy works well!

Coach or Mentor - Similar to the above, someone who can be with you to help you stay on track is nothing short of what the greatest leaders do - and that is, have a coach or mentor.


  • Don't try to kick the smoking habit alone. Get help, support, counseling and a coach, if need be.
  • As you proceed in your smoking cessation, do look for the signs of improvement in health. These will help encourage you to stay put.
  • Medicines and preparations are available. Some resort to electronic cigarettes, others to nicotine patches and that sort. Others yet resort to medical prescriptions give by their physician. Some of the popular methods can be quite ineffective, so care must be taken. Even better are some of the alternative (and complimentary) health therapies available today.
  • Whichever method you use, make sure it provides adequate support systems, counseling, mentorship and an adequate number treatment sessions.

One of the most sure-fire ways to beat the aging process lies in kicking the smoking habit!

You can do it!

Street Talk

Excellent info! lets put an end to this nasty habit!

  about 7 years ago

I am glad you like the article. I have lost my mother, father and one of my brothers to the tobacco industry - and they got much of their money out of them before they died.

  about 7 years ago
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