Quit smokingIf you are reading this article you are probably a smoker trying to quit, know someone who wants to, or know someone you would want to help quit smoking. While there are people who have been known to quit cold turkey, stopping a long-time habit is very, very difficult and needs a lot of preparation, including psychological preparation.

Here are some tips to help you along:


1. Prepare to quit smoking. Have the will and determination to do so. Read up on the health risks of smoking so you know the benefits to quitting. Try to quit at a less stressful time like a weekend or on an anniversary like your birthday. That way you have a way of tracking your progress consciously and celebrating little milestones. Be aware that the hardest part to quitting is usually the first 2 weeks. This is when your deprived body craves for its nicotine fix. Identify your smoking triggers (stress, lighting up first thing in the morning, while driving, after meals, and so on) and consciously tell yourself that you will NOT smoke during these times.

2. Dispose of all tobacco products you may have lying around the house, inside your car and at the office, including that lighter! Having these products around make it easier to slide back into smoking.

3. Get your friends and family to rally around you while you are at it. Ask smoking friends not to do so in your presence or offer you cigarettes. Prepare your family to understand your occasional mood swings as a result of your body's withdrawal from the nicotine in the initial weeks of quitting. If you have a friend who wants to stop smoking too, become quitting partners for each other. Quitting is easier when done with a friend.

4. Use cigarette substitutes freely -- candy, mints, carrot or celery sticks -- whenever you get smoking cravings. E-cigarettes such as Cigarti E Cigarette are also effective substitutes because they look and feel like a cigarette but actually help you kick the habit.

5. Engage in exercise and modify your diet. Working out or taking up a sport is a great detoxifier. It helps you reduce your cravings as well. Consult a doctor on how you should modify your diet so your body gets all the nutrients it needs at this time. Drinking more water helps expel toxins and reducing caffeine intake helps you manage your moods.

6. Stay positive and reward yourself. Treat yourself with money you saved from quitting cigarettes -- new clothes, a nice meal, or a concert. This is a great way to stay positive and to stay healthy.