What are the different ways in which a person can give up smoking?What are the different ways in which a person can give up smoking?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are many approaches to smoking cessation.  One approach is to go "cold turkey" and simply stop smoking.  In "just quitting," a couple of elements emerge.  There might be relapses, for if smoking is an ingrained habit, there might be patterns associated with it.  To simply stop smoking could disrupt such patterns.  At the same time, I think that it might be more frustrating to try to stop cold and then go back to it in failure.  Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) are on the market to help smokers stop smoking.  It helps by providing the body the nicotine in the cigarette without the impact of the smoke present, and develops the habit of not using, while the body still obtains the desired effect from the NRT.  Counseling is another element that helps in cessation of smoking:

Brief advice to quit smoking from a health care provider increases quit rates by 30 percent. Every person who uses tobacco should be offered at least brief advice to quit smoking because failure to do so becomes a reason for smokers to assume their doctor does not consider it important to their health.

Some or all of these steps can help in reducing smoking.  I would also add that the financial burden of smoking over both short and long term, especially in a challenging economic setting, can help fuel the desire to quit.

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