In working towards breaking the smoking addiction, one must keep in mind that smokers are dependent on tobacco for multiple reasons. Not only are they often addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes and cigars, but most people are also dealing with breaking free of the habits and psychological and emotional dependency which can be developed over a period of time from smoking.
How one goes about quitting may be unique to the individual, but based on information from the millions of people who have quit, there are also many strategies from which one can draw to help in successful smoking cessation (quitting smoking).
Many people find that it is easier with the help of support from others who are also quitting. Others find that the use of medication or aids designed to help taper off of nicotine like nicotine patches or nicotine gums may help. Still, others adapt various methods of behavior modification (changes) with great success. In most cases, a combination of more than one strategy brings the best results.
The best thing you can do is to consult with your physician about your desire to quit smoking. In addition, there are many resources available to help you begin learning about how to quit and where to go for information. Many people find it helpful to contact the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or The Foundation for A Smoke Free America. Some insurance carriers offer discounts on smoking cessation programs and many employers now offer support groups or can refer employees to local support organizations.
Resources for information on quitting smoking
There are many resources to help you quit smoking online. Some places to start might be:
Remember, the more you learn about smoking and quitting techniques, the more successful you will be.