There’s no such thing as an easy way to quit smoking. However, there are ways to assist with derailing the urge to smoke and getting on the road to a nicotine-free life. Here are the best ways we know—including some tips on how the advantage of incorporating antioxidants in oral care:
- Avoid Triggers
As you begin the process of to quit smoking, change your habits – those things that make you want a cigarette more than anything. If you used to have a cigarette with your cup of coffee, switch to tea.
Or, just take your coffee to a new spot – if you used to sit on the back porch, try the kitchen table instead. Switching up the routine will suppress those trigger switches that make you reach for a smoke without thinking.
If the taste of that cup of coffee (or beer… or a mixed drink…) makes you feel like having a smoke to go along with it, try out our antioxidant-rich AO ProVantage BLAST product to get the trigger taste out of your mouth after you’ve enjoyed your beverage (and counteract the free radicals raised by nicotine and other noxious substances). AO ProVantage BLAST can keep halitosis at bay and thus may minimize your desire to smoke – it’s a little harder to want to leave an ashtray taste in a minty-fresh mouth.
Going cold turkey can lead to some serious withdrawal symptoms, making you more likely to fall off the wagon in a big way. Instead of cutting cigarettes out of your life NOW (and probably picking them up again in three days), set a series of goals and stick to them.
If you were a pack-a-day-smoker, spend a week at half-a-pack-a-day, then five cigarettes per day, then three, then one… and then take the plunge. Your body will be free of chemical addiction and you’ll have the resources free to handle the effects of mental addition.
- Try the “fake cigarettes.”
From varieties that contain only food-quality flavors borne on water vapor to versions that actually deliver a vapor-based nicotine, you may be able to find an artificial or electronic cigarette that delivers the physical satisfaction of a smoke without the tar, soot, and chemicals of a traditional cigarette.
Keep in mind; if you choose a version that delivers nicotine, you’re still at risk for the medical dangers of nicotine like addiction, hypertension and heart disease.
- Use medication
If all else fails, try a pill or a patch. There are a range of products on the market that aim to help you quit by satisfying the chemical cravings for nicotine or by physically stopping the brain chemistry that makes you want them in the first place. Talk to your doctor to decide what over-the-counter or prescription medication best fits your personality, your addiction, and your needs.
- Try, try again.
Very few people successfully quit – for good – the first time. You may go a day, a week, a year, or five years before picking up the habit again.
When you pick up the habit again, quit again. Successful “quitters” have been known to wax philosophical, seeing their cigarette-less-ness as a game – how long can I go between smokes? One venerable old gentleman we know has been “between cigarettes” for 22 years and counting.
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