Quit Smoking Best Practices: Check Your Motivation.

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.

ASAM Definition of Addiction

Reasons to Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking with the aid of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Ex Smoker and Therapist TalkingCognitive 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 chances of long term success. [Read more…]

So You Wish You Could be a Social Smoker?

Ex Smoker Envious of Social SmokersIt 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. [Read more…]

Suffering Insomnia While Quitting Smoking.

Alarm ClockIt’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.  [Read more…]

Ten Risks That May Lead to a Smoking Relapse.

Depressed smokerQuitting 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 with the following risks of smoking relapse. [Read more…]

Finding the Best Method to Quit Smoking for You.

Blackboard list of pros and cons, for and against argument conceptOne 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. [Read more…]

Being Victorious.

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 twelve months. [Read more…]

Five Tips to Help Beat Nicotine Cravings.

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, consider using these tips to help beat nicotine cravings and progress along the path to freedom. [Read more…]

The Angst.

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 cigarettes as a means to deal with the condition. Unbeknownst to the fact, that in reality, I only ever made things worse. [Read more…]

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

Apples and OrangesCravings 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. [Read more…]

Is There an Easy Way to Quit Smoking?

Greedy con artist with moneyIf 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. [Read more…]

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 comfortable living my life as a non smoker, only to then encounter a handful of days full of cravings. [Read more…]

Quitting Smoking and Weight Gain.

Ex Smoker standing on scalesIt 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. [Read more…]