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10 ways to beat the habit

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As a smoker trying to quit smoking is a nightmare! Use these tips to reduce and resist cravings.

Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, roll your own, chew tobacco, or electronic cigarettes, tobacco cravings or urges to smoke can be very powerful. In fact, if you are smoking – you are at the mercy of these cravings.

1. Try nicotine replacement therapy
Ask your pharmacist about nicotine replacement therapy. The options include:
• Patches
• Gums
• Sprays
• Mints or lozenges
• Combination of patches and gums etc.

2. Ask your Doctor
Speak to your GHP about taking the prescription CHAMPIX. It is available through PBS but it may not be suitable for some people.

2. Avoid triggers
All smokers associate smoking with random acts and these are called triggers. If you usually smoked while speaking on the phone, for instance, keep a pen and paper nearby to occupy yourself with doodling rather than smoking.

If you smoke with your morning coffee on the patio try waking to another area to drink your cuppa.

3. Distract yourself
When you get the urge to smoke try distracting yourself and walk to a smoke-free zone or doing something new and delay the urge for 5 – 10 minutes. This simple trick can trick the mind and stop the craving.

4. Munch on it
Put something else inside your mouth besides a cigarette. Try munching on raw carrots, celery or even nuts. I like the use of old fashioned liquorice root ( purchase from health food store) and macadamia nuts together.

5. Don’t be fooled
Every puff is dangerous! There is no such thing as “just one”. One will lead to another and before long you will be right back to where you started.

6. Just move!
Exercise can make the craving go away! Yes, it can. Ask any runner and see if they smoke. Walk up and down some stairs, run or even walk the dog – just move. Short bouts of activity are better than none. If you are stuck in the office try doing squats while filing, lunges at the photocopy machine. If driving try some push – pulling with your arm or shift your weight and from side to side.

7. Time Out
Is smoking your way of dealing with stress? Remember there is nothing in a cigarette that can help you with stress! Tobacco is a stimulant NOT a calmative. What you are looking for is a way to take time out from the situation at hand. So walk away and breathe deeply.

8. Call for reinforcements
When it all seems to be getting the better of you call a friend, a family member or even a quitline for help and support to resist the tobacco cravings.

9. Benefits
Remind yourself why you wanted to stop smoking:-
• Your health
• Your family especially to see the kids grow up
• Finances

10. Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking and eliminate the cravings. Sessions usually take a number of hours and can cost anywhere from $170 upwards depending on the therapist’s location and qualifications.
Check out your Hypnotherapist’s qualifications- there are clinical hypnotherapists ( 3 years training plus over 300 clinical hours) and hypnotherapists who have done weekend workshops. After all, you pay for what you get!

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