Quit Smoking Best Practices: Check Your Motivation.

Happy Ex Smoker with Son

Do you really want to quit smoking? The first necessary step to building a good quit smoking campaign, is having a genuine willingness to quit smoking. Links ASAM Definition of Addiction Reasons to Quit Smoking   … [Continue reading]

Quit Smoking with the aid of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Ex Smoker and Therapist Talking

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is one of the most powerful therapeutic aids available to smokers who want to quit. Whether you quit cold turkey, using nicotine replacement therapy, medication or even hypnosis, CBT will significantly improve your … [Continue reading]

So You Wish You Could be a Social Smoker?

Ex Smoker Envious of Social Smokers

It is not uncommon to hear smokers and even the occasional ex smoker; talk about their wishful thoughts of being able to remain a social smoker and not be so vulnerable to addiction. … [Continue reading]

Suffering Insomnia While Quitting Smoking.

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It’s not uncommon to hear of people struggling to find sleep when they stop smoking. For an unlucky few, it may even lead to insomnia. It can be pretty tempting to single out nicotine withdrawal as being the cause for this.  … [Continue reading]

Ten Risks That May Lead to a Smoking Relapse.

Depressed smoker

Quitting smoking is as much about preventing relapse as it is about healing from the addiction. Throughout the quitter's journey, there are a number of circumstances that will increase an individual's risk of relapse. Take control and become familiar … [Continue reading]

Finding the Best Method to Quit Smoking for You.

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One of the most important steps in planning a good quit is making the decision on how you will do so. Given the diverse range of quit smoking methods available, finding the best method to quit smoking, for you, is not always a simple task. … [Continue reading]

Being Victorious.

“I can finally say that I am a true blue, dinky die, non smoker…”

I can finally say that I am a true blue, dinky die, non smoker! Well there you go. I’ve gone and done it. I‘ve managed to join the millions, no, make that hundreds of millions, of happy ex smokers who have successfully quit smoking for more than … [Continue reading]

Five Tips to Help Beat Nicotine Cravings.

Stressed woman having a nicotine craving

Nicotine cravings are the most difficult hurdle in any quit smoking campaign, especially during the first few weeks. So long as your quit survives, cravings for nicotine and cigarettes will gradually weaken and break down. So, when things get tough, … [Continue reading]

The Angst.

It seems that whenever I suffer anxiety, old triggers are given a new life and I once again begin to crave.

It seems that whenever I suffer anxiety, old triggers are given a new life and I once again begin to crave. Anxiety. Like most ex smokers, I used to believe smoking relieved it, and for two decades I counter intuitively used my addiction to … [Continue reading]

There is a Physical Difference Between Wanting to Smoke and Craving One.

Apples and Oranges

Cravings are never easy, and the ultimate reason why so many quit smoking attempts fail. Every other symptom of withdrawal is a walk in the park, on a sunny afternoon filled with butterflies and singing birds, compared to cravings. … [Continue reading]

Is There an Easy Way to Quit Smoking?

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If there were an easy way to quit smoking, the death toll from tobacco would not have reached one hundred million last century and it wouldn’t be set to hit a billion people this century. … [Continue reading]

Over The Walls.

Over The Walls

I felt great and couldn’t understand why people would fail at such a momentous point. At around five months into my quit I had a pretty significant breakthrough. I was able to see a predictable pattern emerge. For several days I would feel … [Continue reading]

Quitting Smoking and Weight Gain.

Ex Smoker standing on scales

It is well accepted that for the majority of ex smokers, quitting smoking leads to weight gain. When nicotine hijacks the brain, it creates networks of brain cells (neurons), that link to other networks affecting our behaviours. … [Continue reading]