Sure, there are plenty of patches, pills, and gums at your local pharmacy that will help you fight a nicotine addiction, but there are also plenty of other options to take advantage of!
Between working out regularly and utilizing the buddy system, here are 10 things to do that will help you kick cigarette butt!
Satisfy your sweet tooth! Professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, says:
"Perhaps as much as 30 percent of a smoker's cravings are actually for carbohydrates rather than nicotine."
According to Dr. Foulds, patients list Jujubes as the candy of choice — they're long lasting and low in calories. As he puts it, "It's not that sugar is good for you, just that smoking is worse."
Work out! Research at Brown University showed that women who exercised at 80% of their maximum heart rate improved their quit rates and had a longer string of no-relapse days than non-exercisers.
Take tai chi classes! In a study at the University of Miami, 60% of participants who took tai chi classes for one hour, three times a week, had stopped smoking after 12 weeks.
Quit first, diet later! A professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, doesn't advise taking on a new diet or exercise program until AFTER you quit smoking, explaining:
"We found those who succeed at quitting smoking while not gaining weight are those who approach it sequentially — quit now, diet later."
Quit with a buddy! After analyzing the quit rates of 1,000 people in treatment programs, researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health found group quit rate at six months was 12 points higher than those quitting alone.
Talk to you doctor! A review of 31,000 smokers in the UK found that even brief doctor-patient chats up the odds of quitting by 3%.
Gross yourself out! There's a reason the FDA is forcing tobacco companies to put disgusting visual warnings on packaging.
Research from the Tobacco Dependence Clinic at the UMDNJ School of Public Health says that pictures of a mouth with cancerous lesions on the lips and rotten teeth, diseased lungs or a tracheotomy visually motivate people to quit smoking much like pictures of 6-pack abs motivate men in the gym.
Talk to other quitters on Twitter! Use social networking sites to get support from other quitters going through or have gone through the same struggle as you!
Use the patch and an app! Mobile support applications like Quitter, Livestrong MyQuit Coach, Smoke Out, and Smoke Break help track your progress and record your achievements.
Hypnotize yourself! 40% of participants in studies have quit smoking after eight hypnotherapy visits over a two-month period.
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