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The various ways to quit smoking

health-and-fitness Updated: May 30, 2011 12:22 IST
Dr. V R Pai
Dr. V R Pai
Hindustan Times
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Set a date to quit smoking and get rid of cigarettes and the ashtrays at home and work. Think about what worked and what didn’t when in your previous attempts you tried to quit smoking.There are many more ways to quit smoking.

1 Make a plan: Set a date to quit smoking and get rid of cigarettes and the ashtrays at home and work. Especially try to avoid people when they are smoking, as you would be tempted to do the same.
2 Thought process: Think about what worked and what didn’t when in your previous attempts you tried to quit smoking. If you are unable to quit in the first attempt, try again. Many people have to try and quit more than once before they finally succeed.
3 Eat on time: Eat meals regularly and drink plenty of fluids. Hunger and thirst are sometimes mistaken for the desire to smoke.
4 Find a unique idea: If you feel like smoking, think about the benefits of not smoking — lower risk of heart disease, cancers, lung cancer among many others. Start a money jar with the money you save by not buying cigarettes. Treat yourself with the savings.
5 Other resorts: Nicotine withdrawal may make you restless and irritable, so remind yourself that the mood changes are temporary. Even after repeated attempts, if you cannot give up smoking use cessation aids such as nicotine patches and gum, which are now
available in India.

Dr. V R Pai, Director- Artemis Cancer Centre, Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon