Fifty Quitting Tips

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Plenty of time left to quit? Such thoughts are very likely to prove both deadly and wrong. Nicotine dependency ignorance costs half of all smokers an average of 13 years of life, claiming one-quarter during middle-age.

Instead of equipping smokers with the knowledge and skills needed to dramatically increase their odds of success, failed government cessation policies continue to demand that all quitters to toy with replacement nicotine and new designer drugs which imitate nicotine (Zyban, Wellbutrin, Chantix and Champix), drugs which teach absolutely nothing, and in "real-world" use are likely to continue to perform no better than quitting without them.

Bryan started smoking at age thirteen. A 34 year-old Marlboro Light smoker, Bryan thought that because his mother still smoked that he had plenty of time left to quit. He was wrong. This is a photo of Bryan with his two year-old son, Bryan Jr. It was taken on March 29th. The photo above was taken just 63 days later on June 3rd, the day Bryan died. It shows the aggressiveness of smoking induced small cell lung cancer. In Bryan's hands is a copy of the picture of him with his son.

Try to imagine nearly five millions tobacco victims each year. Imagine having a 50% chance of already knowing the cause of death that will appear on your death certificate.

According to the CDC, 41% of U.S. smokers made a quitting attempt of at least one day during 2002. Nicotine is so gripping that 95% who attempted quitting during 2002 failed.

Unless you put your most powerful weapon to work (your intelligence) and stop treating your chemical addiction as though it were some nasty little habit that can be molded or manipulated, your odds of success in quitting for one full year during your next attempt will be about 1 in 20. When quitting there is no such thing as smoking just one. Like alcoholism, it's all or nothing.

Unlike many other nations, there is no U.S. cigarette pack addiction warning label. As shown in this photo, Canada's required label covers one-half of the front face of the pack and reads, "Warning - Cigarettes are highly addictive - Studies have shown that tobacco can be harder to quit than heroin or cocaine."

Although your nicotine induced dopamine/adrenaline high reflects alert intoxication, chemical dependency upon nicotine is every bit as real, deep and permanent as alcoholism, crystal meth, or heroin addiction. Once hooked the remaining questions become, on which side of the bars will you spend the balance of life, what quality will your life have and how long will it last?

Have you been telling yourself that you're not a "real" drug addict? A June 2005 study (Kandel) found that 87% of students smoking nicotine at least once daily were already chemically dependent based on dependency standards contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 4th Edition.

Although the precise manner of control by each chemical is a bit different, as with alcoholism or cocaine or heroin addiction an external chemical has taken your brain's dopamine reward pathways hostage. Nicotine has physically rewired your brain growing millions of extra acetylcholine receptors in eleven different regions.

Your mind is now de-sensitized to its own natural neuro-chemical flow. Quitting is a temporary journey of readjustment where you allow the time needed to restore natural sensitivities, where you break subconsciously conditioned links to smoking triggers and where you allow your conscious mind time to move beyond the years of smoking rationalizations you created in order to justify that next nicotine fix.

Do you remember the calm and quiet that lived inside your head before nicotine took control, before your reserves of the alkaloid nicotine became subject to rapid depletion by stressful acid producing events? Are you ready to return home to the "real" you, where nicotine wanting and craving are replaced by freedom, quiet and life?

The below quitting tips may help make your temporary journey of recovery far less challenging. We also invite you to visit www.whyquit.com for additional motivational resources, to download our two free quitting ebooks, "Never Take Another Puff" and "Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home", , to watch 200+ free video quitting lessons, or to visit our two online stop smoking support groups, Turkeyville and Freedom.


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WARNING: The below information is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE and you should IMMEDIATELY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN should you experience ANY condition or symptom that causes you concern or alarm, including difficulty breathing or continuing depression. The information provided is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your physician. Do not rely any tip to replace individual consultations with your doctor or other qualified health care provider.



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About This Quitting Tips Guide

This quitting tips list was created by John R. Polito, a nicotine cessation educator and editor of www.whyquit.com. These tips are primarily a product of medical studies and lessons from Joel's Library (http://whyquit.com/joel), an insightful collection of 95 short quitting articles available for download as a free electronic PDF book at WhyQuit.com (http://whyquit.com/joel/). While there, watch a few of Joel's new free video quitting lessons.

Be sure to print and share or e-mail these quitting tips to friends and loved ones who smoke. Not discovering the "Law of Addiction" through the school of hard-quitting-knocks or learning it from booklets such as this is a horrible reason to die. These quitting tips may be reproduced and shared for all health education purposes, so long as it there is never any charge or cost to recipients. Comments may be addressed to John R. Polito, 1325 Pherigo Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 849-9721 or via email to john@whyquit.com

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Created October 25, 2006 and last updated January 30, 2014.