Reduce Cigarette Cravings By Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and specialist in alternative medicine and spirituality, provides some tips on how to quit smoking by listening to what your body tells you.

Think about the things that smoking does while you’re inhaling.

Feel your skin tightening, your stomach knotting up and your heart rate speeding up.

These feelings will send those messages to your brain, telling it that it doesn’t want you to smoke. Do this every time you light up and eventually you might start to crave that nicotine less and less.

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Why Do You Smoke?

If someone were to ask you why you smoke, what would you tell them?

I never had a good answer to that question. I would usually say something like “it feels good” or “it helps me relax.”

What makes those answers interesting is that it’s obvious how the cigarette addiction plays tricks on our minds.

Why does smoking “feel good?” Because when you don’t smoke, you start to withdrawal. Put more nicotine in the body and the withdrawal stops.

Why do people think cigarettes help relieve stress and relax?

Actually, this is another symptom of withdrawal. Stress and anxiety levels in smokers are often induced by their need for nicotine. By smoking another cigarette, those anxiety levels are reduced to normal levels – the levels they would have been had they never began smoking in the first place.

Don’t let the addiction of tobacco trick you into thinking there is a reason to smoke. Quit while you can and get healthy.

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Increase Your Chances of Quitting by Calling a Quitline

According to a study performed by the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, telephone counseling to help smokers quit actually works. The study specifically tested how the smokers were recruited to the quitlines and how the recruitment method effected the results.

Dr. Flora Tzelepis and her colleagues found that no matter how the smokers were recruited, whether by physician referral, direct mail, phone calls, or television ads, proactive telephone counseling is beneficial.

If you’re serious about quitting smoking, think about calling a quitline. It might seem silly, or perhaps you’re a little shy, but if you want to kick this terrible addiction, give it a try.

Is Smoking a Sacrifice Or Is It All In Your Head?

One of the biggest reasons smokers return to smoking shortly after quitting is because they feel like they’re sacrificing something. If you’re trying to quit and you get it into your head that quitting is a sacrifice, the whole ordeal will feel like a punishment.

These feelings will never allow you to quit smoking permanently and you must understand that this type of thinking is wrong. It’s the addiction of tobacco that puts these thoughts in your mind. Once you allow yourself to recognize the grip that cigarette addiction has on your thoughts, the sooner you’ll be able to quit for good.

It’s a real sacrifice to continue to smoke.

You sacrifice relationships.

You sacrifice job opportunities.

You sacrifice athleticism.

You sacrifice money and time.

You risk your health and the health of those around you.

Become dedicated to quitting and relieve yourself of the punishment smoking brings on your life.

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Disgusting Photos On Packs of Cigarettes to Encourage Quitting

Isn’t it interesting how smokers will continue to smoke despite the warnings from their doctors, friends and family members? I think we’ve all seen disgusting photos of what smoking does to our lungs and yet we continue to smoke. You want to quit, but the addiction is too strong.

When you see those disgusting photos, it really makes you want to quit right? You don’t want that diseased black lung at the museum to be yours. It’s for this reason that the FDA wants to start placing disgusting photos on packs of cigarettes.

Yup, right on the pack.

This means every time a smoker pulls out that pack of cigarettes to grab a smoke, they get to see an image of a body, post-autopsy. Or a message saying “Smoking can kill you.”

Now that the FDA has more power to regulate the marketing of the tobacco industry, these are just a few of the plans the FDA has in store for “big tobacco.”

I hope these ideas come to fruition and happen soon. The sooner we can get people to quit smoking, the better.

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