Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but more people succeed every year in accomplishing this. There are certain tricks which make it a little easier for people to give up on this harmful habit. However, some of them might work for certain people, and for others they might not work. Here are some of the most effective tricks smokers have tried.
- Vaping has become widely used among people who try to give up smoking.
- Trying to subject yourself to punishments every time you smoke works on the psychological level.
- Substituting cigarettes with something else is one of the classical methods to quit.
One method might be replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes. Many people resort to vaping, since this still provides them nicotine, but is less harmful than a normal cigarette. Some of those who choose this method do not give up smoking immediately but, in the end, they get there.
Several studies indicate that people who vape are more likely to try and give up smoking during a year than those who opt for other methods. Also, if they choose to vape daily and with a higher nicotine concentration, they can quit faster than vaping more seldom and at lower doses of nicotine.
Other addicts might choose more unconventional methods, such as punishments. Every time they smoke, they choose to subject themselves to something unpleasant. For instance, some went running or performed exhausting physical exercise. However, this method might not work for everyone.
A study analyzed this ‘penalty’ method by applying monetary punishments to a group of smokers if they continued to smoke, while others were simply given a reward. They found that the punishment group was more likely to react to the penalty and give up smoking.
The most popular technique is substitution, which involves replacing smoking with a different habit. Usually, these are linked to oral fixation, so it might work to replace a cigarette with chewing gum, eating hard candy, or flossing. Also, switching from smoking to exercise is, again, effective.
There are many ways to quit smoking, you just have to be creative and thorough in your attempt. Also, it is fine if you think you need help and reach out for it. There are many associations, such as Nicotine Anonymous, which offer their services to those people who want to give up this unhealthy habit.
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