7 Scientific Ways to Quit

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Smoking is very dangerous to your health and quitting is the most difficult thing to do. Once you are engaged with cigarette smoking the cravings of nicotine can often go beyond your control.



To fight this unwanted craving, smokers must try various techniques and devises that are not harmful to their health. There are many options but how can you say which is the best way to use? Years of research point to the following proven scientific ways to quit smoking.


  1. Counseling is one of the best methods in quitting smoke. Some people choose to find a professional psychological help and advice to help them when quitting smoking. An individual counseling is also best for smokers. The courage and the advice given by the counselors will help them realize how good it feels to quit smoke. Counselors will set a quit date and discuss about your smoking. They will discuss on how you begin to smoke, about when and where you get the urge to smoke. Of course, after this it will help you develop a new set of behaviors and dealing with new abilities. Chances of quitting increases every time you engage in a counseling session.
  2. Nicotine replacement therapy. NRT is a way of giving nicotine to the body by “means” other than tobacco. This can be used in two ways, the nicotine patch and the nicotine gum. This can be used to reduce your cravings from cigarette. Some people may not like the taste of gum and some are using patch for their convenient. Some are using both nicotine replacements at the same time to find it more helpful in their quitting.
  3. Regular physical activity. Exercise is also one of the best in quitting smoking. Doing something like exercise limited your cravings for smoking and is lasting for about 10 minutes. It helps reduces your stress, anxieties and depressions caused by smoking. Studies show that exercise will help you succeed if you do it regularly. A new study also has shown that people who exercise are 55% more expected to quit and 43% are less likely to decline smoking. Exercises also increase life expectancy by 3.7 years. Those who can exercise regularly, and those who did manage to quit will increase life expectancy for about 5.6 years. Make it at least 30 minutes per day of exercise to improve your chances of quitting.
  4. Text messages. Using cellphones has been a major advantage in helping people quitting smoke. Using phones all the time, texting to a friend and reading text messages especially when using it through counseling can be the best way to quit. A cellphone programs like texting messages and alerts can also be the best opportunity for examiners who want to help people quit smoking.
  5. Strength training, Lifting weights also showed evidence of helping people quitting smoking. Just like cardiovascular exercise which you can do even when you’re in the office. This can distract your cravings from cigarette. This can also be a lot of sense and offers potent benefits.
  6. Social networking. Enlist your social network. You can sign up or enroll a social network to enlist the support of friends, family and coworkers for proposals. This can help you to provide suggestions about quitting smoke especially those who have experience in quitting smoke and have quit smoking.
  7. Strategic planning. Set a quit date. Specialist suggests setting a quit date is important because it will give you more time to come up with a plan when quitting smoke. It also gives you more time to prepare to chat to the supporters about the plan. This is very important step. Successful quitting is a matter of preparation and obligation.


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