New Year’s Day has come and gone but that does not mean that it is too late to stop smoking. Many people make a resolution to quit smoking every New Year and fail within a couple of weeks. Research indicates that it can take smokers 30 or more attempts before they give up the habit for good. Even if you have not yet started your New Year’s resolution to quit, 2017 can still be the year that you kick the habit. These strategies will help you achieve your goal of quitting this year.
Find a Nicotine Replacement
Smokefree NHS, part of the England Department of Health recommends a nicotine replacement to help smokers quit. Nicotine replacements can help increase the chance of quitting by as much as 70 percent, according to research. One of the newest forms of nicotine replacement is e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine in a safer way than smoking. Over the long term, they have been found to help increase the chance of successfully stopping smoking.
Change Your Routine
Psychological addiction is a big part of smoking. It is based on the connection between smoking and the activities you do while you smoke. For example, if part of your daily routine was to have a cigarette with your coffee every morning, these two activities are likely linked in your brain. When you try to stop smoking, you will experience an urge to smoke due when you drink your coffee in the morning. Try replacing your cigarette with an e-cigarette every morning. You are still going through the motions of smoking but enjoying it in a safer way.
According to research in the journal Psychopharmacology, people who exercise when they crave cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking. Therefore, lace up your sneakers and hit the gym.