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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Best Way to Quit Smoking: Gradual or Sudden?

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I want to quit smoking again. I already failed 3 times, and I don't want to fail again. However, I know that I already need help since it starts to drive me crazy. Some may say that quit smoking only requires self-discipline and full determination, and just stop right away. Well, I think it's more than that which is why I am searching for the best way to quit smoking. Is it gradual or sudden?

According to what I have read, gradual quit smoking is the best approach. This is because the addiction of nicotine is now in a smoker's body, and nicotine is the most addictive of all the addictive substances ever known. To quit smoking, the smoker should remove the excess amount of nicotine from his body and it is not easy to do that. Sometimes, that person may nicotine replacement therapies to prevent him from experiencing cravings once he quit smoking.

But of course, it is still possible to do a quit smoking all of a sudden . However, he needs to be prepared to handle severe withdrawal symptoms such as trembling when he sees someone smoking. He will need a lot of dedication and willpower to fight temptation. Otherwise, he will go back to smoking again and again. This is why it is also being advised to consult a doctor first so that he can guide you on how to quit smoking permanently.

In my case, I tried both gradual and sudden but still failed. But I think that gradual quit smoking is the best way. Unfortunately, I smoked again after less than 4 days of quitting. I must admit, I am still smoking on an average of 5 sticks a day, but I will try my best to gradually erase it from my system.

I will be very strict in counting the my daily consumed cigarettes, and will plan how to reduce them eventually to zero.

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Holly Jahangiri said...

I prefer to quit "cold turkey," myself. No playing around with it; once I made up my mind and declared myself a non-smoker, that was that. I was done. You read my post on how I quit smoking; I honestly believe this will work for anyone who's committed to quitting. I think mindset (committment) is the real key - the other factor described in my post helps eliminate cravings.

Angel Cuala said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Holly.

It really means a lot to me, as well as to others who also want to quit smoking for good.

Badburn said...

one thing I'm doing to remind me to stop or somehow reduce it. Is by viewing some scary image of the ill effect of cigarette smoking

Angel Cuala said...

I think that's a good tip, and I believe it's really scary to see the bad effect of smoking.