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Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

One of the most popular and well-known ways smokers choose to quit smoking is what is known as “cold turkey.” The phrase cold turkey is universally understood to mean to quit smoking abruptly, often without forethought or preparation, nor a gradual reduction in amount smoked. Most people also assume cold turkey means to quit smoking without using any smoking cessation aids such as nicotine gum or patches.

The origins of the phrase cold turkey are not completely clear but some quick searches online reveal several explanations.

One site states, “The state addicts are in when withdrawing from drug addition, especially heroin. Origin: In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.idiomsite.com/coldturkey.htm)

Another site explains, “This phrase meaning “without preparation” dates to 1910. The use in relation to withdrawal from an addictive substance (originally heroin) dates to around 1922. The derivation is from the idea that cold turkey is a food that requires little preparation in the kitchen. So to quit like cold turkey is to do so suddenly and without preparation. It is also boosted by the image of the pallid flesh of a cold, dead, plucked turkey. In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.allexperts.com/previousqv.asp?QuestionID=2633904)

Yet another site says, “‘Cold turkey’ is actually based on another colloquial phrase, “to talk turkey” (sometimes “to talk cold turkey”), meaning to face unpleasant truths squarely. It’s not entirely clear how turkeys came to be associated with honesty and straightforward confrontation of difficulties, but it may simply be that turkey farmers were renowned at one time for their lack of pretense and blunt speech.” (http://www.word-detective.com/back-p.html)

Whatever the actual origin, quitting smoking cold turkey is probably the most popular, while not necessarily the most successful, method for quitting. It may also be the most challenging due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms the new ex-smoker faces.

You can improve your chances for permanently quitting with the cold turkey method if you follow a few guidelines:

Understand that withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, tiredness and more, may be fairly intense, but they will lessen after just a few days.
Drink lots of water to help your body flush itself out quickly.
Keep a straw or other cigarette substitute handy to keep your hands and mouth busy.
When cravings hit, close your eyes and count down from 10 to 0, very slowly. Breathe deeply with each count.
Call a friend when you feel like reaching for a smoke. Divert your attention.
Take a quick walk, even if it is just to the bathroom or mailbox.
Superhuman willpower is often associated with using cold turkey to quit smoking. While having strong willpower is important, ultimately your success depends on how badly you want to quit and whether or not you believe you can do it. If you want to quit more than you want to smoke, and you believe that you can quit, you’ll likely be successful.

The cold turkey method is free, and you can do it at any time. Why not today?

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

How to Quit Smoking When Everyone Around You Still Smokes

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

It’s a common problem: You are trying your best to quit smoking but everyone around you still smokes. If you have a spouse or other family member who smokes, you are exposed to smoking every day. If your co-workers smoke, you probably have smokers around you at least five days per week. If your friends smoke, you’ll be exposed to smoking whenever you get together to have some fun.

So how do you maintain your resolve to quit when everywhere you look you see someone lighting up? How do you deal with the personal conflicts that can develop when you quit but your family, friends and co-workers don’t?

First, you must acknowledge the fact that you may be all alone in your efforts to quit smoking. This solitude may be frustrating and counter-productive but you must accept the fact that the people around you are not going to quit smoking just because you are. In fact, they may try to coerce or encourage you to start smoking again. When you quit you may be placing pressure to quit smoking, however unintentional, on the people in your life . They may resent it or be frightened by your quitting. Their natural, perhaps unconscious, response may be to make quitting more difficult for you.

So prepare yourself for the loneliness you may feel when you quit. Prepare yourself for the backlash that you may receive from the smokers around you. Be prepared to forgive and forget.

Next, take time to talk to the smokers in your life. Ask them for a few minutes to discuss the fact that you are quitting smoking. Sit down and let them know how very important quitting is to you. Tell them that you need their support and ask them to be considerate whenever they want to smoke. Make sure they understand that you are quitting for you, not for anyone else. Make sure they understand that you do not expect them to quit because you are quitting. Invite them to quit with you but make it clear that quitting must be their own decision.

Lay out some ground rules that everyone can live with, regarding where and when they will smoke. Make it clear that you don’t expect them to totally change their smoking habits, but that you need cooperation to help you quit. Set clear times and locations for them to smoke, or make sure you have someplace you can comfortably retreat to, should the smoker in your life need to light up. Make sure you have something to distract your attention, in another room, if someone is smoking near you. Start a new hobby or have a book on-hand, whenever you have to get away from the smoke.

When you get together with friends, you may find that the activities you participate in naturally involve smoking. Try going to a bar or bowling alley without having smoke all around you (unless you live in an area where smoking is banned indoors)! You may find it necessary to adjust the types of things you do with your friends, to help you avoid being placed in a smoking situation. Try activities that are outdoors, or that involve exercise. Go places where smoking isn’t allowed. If your friends are truly your friends, they’ll understand and want to accommodate your needs.

Avoiding smoke at work may be difficult if your workplace allows smoking indoors. If necessary, request that your work area be moved to a non-smoking portion of your office. You may also ask to have your entire office declared “smoke-free.” Consider getting an air filter to help remove the smell of smoke where you work.

If you have grown accustomed to your smoking breaks and the smoking buddies at your workplace, you face another type of withdrawal besides nicotine withdrawal: friendship withdrawal. Chances are, if you’ve worked someplace with a designated smoking area for any length of time, that you have made quite a number of friends or smoking buddies. If you’re going to quit smoking successfully, you’re going to have remove yourself from the smoking area. Naturally, this means removing yourself from the friends you’ve made. Realize, however, that just because you don’t smoke with these people, you don’t have to stop being friendly. Let your smoking buddies know that you are quitting, and that you won’t be joining them any longer. But also let them know you wish to continue your friendship. Exchange phone numbers if necessary, and try to get together for lunch or other times convenient to both of you.

Quitting smoking even when other people around you are smoking doesn’t have to be difficult and a strain on interpersonal relations. Take some time to create an atmosphere where everyone knows that you are quitting and that you need their cooperation to succeed. At the same time, be considerate of the other smokers, giving them their own freedom to smoke when they so choose. Working together with family, friends and co-workers, you can quit!

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

How to Quit Smoking Even if You Love to Smoke

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

Let’s face it, you probably enjoy some aspects of smoking. Some people truly love to smoke. There’s no denying that smoking provides real benefits such as relaxation or feelings of security.

So, how do you quit when you love to smoke?

YOU GOTTA WANNA

First and foremost, you have to have the desire to quit. If you love smoking you can still develop the desire to quit. If you honestly do want to quit–even just a little bit–then you have the first and most important ingredient for quitting.

Is it possible to love smoking while simultaneously wanting to quit? Of course! Think about any destructive behavior you or other people engage in. For example, you may love to speed when you drive around town, yet you know it is dangerous and you want to quit doing it. Alcoholics have a love-hate relationship with their drink. You smoke and enjoy it, but you know it is bad for you.

HOW TO DEVELOP THE DESIRE TO QUIT

“I love smoking too much to develop the desire to quit,” you may be saying. However, there are some simple steps you can take to create the will to quit.

Make a list of the benefits you receive from smoking. Write down as many benefits as you can think of.
Make a list of the bad things that have resulted or may result from continuing to smoke.
Make a list of the reasons YOU want to quit. For example, your list might include “live longer”, “set a good example for my children”, “save money”, etc. Everyone needs a purpose or a reason to do anything before he or she is truly motivated to do it. Make sure you know why you want to quit.
Read each of your lists at least once per day. These lists will provide you with concrete motivation for quitting.
Make an appointment with your doctor and ask him or her to be very frank with you about the destructiveness of smoking. Ask to see pictures of lungs taken out of smokers’ bodies. Have your doctor explain what good things will happen after you quit. Hearing and seeing these things from your doctor may influence you more than anything else. After all, this person has devoted their life to understanding the human body. They know the truth, and most likely you’ll believe what they have to say.
EXAMINE THE “BENEFITS”

Once you have a definite desire to quit smoking, it’s time to examine the so-called “benefits” of smoking. By now you should have the “benefits of smoking” list that you made in step 1 above.

You must become very objective when you analyze your list. Is each list item truly a benefit or just a “fix”. If you smoke to relax, ask yourself “how does a non-smoker deal with stress without smoking?” If you smoke to relieve boredom are you benefiting yourself temporarily by smoking, while paying for it with reduced health and expensive cigarettes?

Look at each item in your list from the perspective of a non-smoker. What would a non-smoker have to say about your list? How does a non-smoker deal with the world without smoking? Can you obtain the same or similar benefits without a cigarette?

Remember that much of the “positive” benefit of smoking is temporary. The long-term effects of smoking are nearly all negative.

FIND REPLACEMENTS

After examining the benefits you get from smoking, you need to develop replacements for your cigarettes (and their effects) so that you can continue to receive the benefits that smoking provides you, but without the downside.

First, you need to understand that some of the so-called benefits of smoking are really just a cruel lie. As your body has grown accustomed to smoking and the accompanying physical and chemical effects on your body, you have developed a need to smoke to achieve these “benefits.” You feel that the only way you can relax is to smoke, and you do find that smoking calms your nerves. But how long has it been since you relaxed on your own, without the aid of a cigarette? Again, how does a non-smoker relax? Smoking has become your crutch, when your ankle really isn’t broken.

So, on your list of “benefits of smoking” next to each benefit, write down something you can do, other than smoking, that will replicate the benefit.

For example, if the benefit you wrote down was that smoking helps you sleep, you might write down that you would exercise regularly. Exercise can aid your body in so many ways, including better sleep. If you wrote that smoking helps you to get moving in the morning, you might write down that you will listen to your favorite high-energy music while you get dressed.

Be creative! This is the fun part. You get to re-invent your life!

TURN LOVE TO DISGUST

If you love to smoke, you need to begin to despise it.

Switch to a different brand of cigarettes–one that you don’t like.

Look at yourself in the mirror when you smoke. Looks stupid, doesn’t it? No other animal in the world, even the lowliest, purposefully inhales smoke. Why do you?

Look at your hands and teeth. They’re disgusting, aren’t they? You’re not going to get a date looking like that!

And you stink too! Yuck!

The cigarette companies are robbing you of $1,000 (or more ) per year. Are you going to let them get away with that? And your car smells terrible. You won’t be able to get as much for it when you sell it.

You’re a social outcast at restaurants. Nobody likes to smell your stinky smoke.

Get the idea?

NOW GO OUT AND DO IT

You can read this and do nothing or you can follow the steps and take ACTION! Nothing in your life worth doing happens magically. You have to create your own magic by taking action. Action.

ACTION.

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Hidden Meanings Behind “Why Smoke?” and “Why Quit?”

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

High school and college literature classes are preoccupied with
the hidden meaning behind the words on the page. Much of the
students’ time is spent examining what meaning the author was
really intending to convey with the story. In fiction, the story
is never what it seems.

In our own lives, our motivations and reasons for what we do are
not always what they seem. At first glance, why we do things may
seem simple. But upon closer examination, our motivations often
have hidden purposes and agendas, driven by events and feelings
in our lives. Often we are totally unaware of these forces that
shape our daily decisions.

The decision to quit smoking is propelled or impeded by two
basic questions: “why smoke?” and “why quit?” Answer these
questions honestly and you’ll make great progress toward
quitting. Let’s examine each in turn.

WHY SMOKE?

Do you smoke today for the same reason you smoked five years
ago, or when you first started smoking? Chances are good that
you started smoking for reasons totally different than why you smoke
now. You started smoking to be cool, or to rebel or to fit in or
just because you were curious. Now you would probably say that
you smoke to relax or to think clearly or because you are
addicted and can’t stop.

Take a long hard look at why you smoke NOW. You probably haven’t
even thought about this. Dig very deep. Think. Examine your
emotions as you imagine yourself craving a cigarette and
lighting up. What “made you do it?”

Smoking is easier than quitting. Staying where we are is much
easier and more comfortable than working on ourselves and moving
to a different place. It’s hard. It hurts. It takes work. It
requires admitting painful things to ourselves.

Quitting smoking means admitting that you have been wrong all
the years that you smoked. Quitting means admitting that you
harmed yourself. Quitting means that you aren’t cool just
because you smoke. Quitting means that your parents were right.
Quitting means that your husband/wife/kids/co-workers/society
was right. Quitting means you wasted THOUSANDS of dollars on
cigarettes and insurance. Quitting means that you’ll have to
learn how to relax naturally. Quitting means losing a “friend.”
Quitting means giving up your security blanket.

These are some of the hidden meanings behind quitting. Many are
painful. They force you to admit you are wrong or are not
superman. Most people hate to admit they have weakness. But
admitting weakness might be called the first step in most any
12-step addiction recovery program.

Examine why you smoke and you may find that you smoke not to get
something, but instead to avoid or flee from something. This
type of fear-motivated action (or inaction) is almost always
detrimental to health and happiness. Begin to focus on desire-
motivated action

This leads us to:

WHY QUIT?

The reasons for quitting are voluminous: save money, improve
your health, cut your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and
numerous other diseases, smell better, look younger, clean
teeth, nice breath, live longer, etc., etc.

Make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of quitting.
If cutting your risk of lung cancer is hard to visualize, then
focus on something more concrete such as the money you can save.
See the hundreds of dollars you’ll save stacking up in a big
bank vault. See bright clean teeth when you smile. These reasons
for quitting should be YOUR reasons for quitting. They should
pull you to them like a magnet. Find the magnets that motivate
you the most.

One word of warning: Avoid the flipside of the question “why
quit?” The flipside is not the question “why smoke?” Instead, it
is “why NOT quit?” This is a dangerous question because it leads
you down the easy path. Ask yourself “why not quit” and you’ll
likely answer, “because I can’t do it,” or “because withdrawal
makes me crazy,” or “because I can’t relax without it,” or
“because I’m still young,” or “because smoking isn’t that bad
for me,” or “because I can quit anytime I want,” or “because I
only smoke a few,” or “because I failed to quit before.” These
are dead-end answers that will never lead you out of the habit.
They are lazy, defeatist, powerless answers. They are answers
that allow you to put off quitting until the tomorrow that never
comes.

To quit, you must take back control of your life from
cigarettes. Take responsibility for your own health and
happiness. It is you who puts the cigarettes in your mouth, and
it is you who can take them out.

Ask yourself “why quit” and “why smoke” so that you can truly
understand why you do what you do. Then begin to pursue the
positive reasons that will help you to quit smoking, ON PURPOSE.

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Here Comes the Great American Smokeout!

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

[The Great American Smokeout is always the third Thursday in November]

Are you ready for 24 hours without cigarettes? That’s what the
Great American Smokeout is all about. Each year on the third
Thursday of November, The American Cancer Society (ACS)
organizes the Smokeout. According to ACS, more Americans try to
quit smoking on this day than any other day of the year,
including New Year’s Day.

What does it take to participate? Just you. There’s nothing to
join or buy or sign up for. You simply commit to quit for one
day. You can do that, right?
Here are some tips to make this year’s Smokeout a success.

FOLLOW A PLAN OF ACTION
If you’re reading this you have already started “the plan”.
You’ve already decided that you want to know more about
quitting. The first step is to make a decision that you want to
quit. Also, be sure you know WHY you are quitting. Is it to
improve your health? Save money? Improve your love life? Get a
clear picture in your mind of the reason why you want to quit,
so you have a clear “end-goal”.

PREPARE AND SUCCEED

The next step is to get ready to quit. Most successful quitters
don’t just finish a cigarette, then say, “That’s the last
cigarette I’ll every smoke,” and quit on a whim. Instead,
successful quitters prepare for the day when they will quit.

To prepare for your quit, decide what day you’ll quit. In this
case, plan to quit on the Great American Smokeout day. You’ll
have lots of other people around you doing the same thing, plus
support on the radio, TV and other media.

DECIDE HOW YOU’LL QUIT

Decide on the method you’ll use to quit. Will you quit cold-
turkey and use sheer willpower to quit? Or will you opt to use
nicotine patches or nicotine gum? Have you considered Zyban?

What about other methods such as gradually reducing the number
of cigarettes you smoke each day?

Visit http://www.quitsmoking.com for many different methods,
ideas and products that you can use to quit.

KEEP THE NICODEMON AWAY
Once you’ve decided on your method for quitting, and actually
quit, you’ll be tempted to smoke again. You can make staying
quit easier if you follow some simple guidelines:

Stay away from other smokers. This may be difficult if you’ve
made some great friends on your smoking breaks. But being around
other smokers will tear down your resolve, at least in the
beginning of your quit. Stay out of bars and other places where
smoking is common.

Discard all your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays. Don’t leave
anything in your environment that might remind you or tempt you
to smoke.

Stay out of convenience stores or other places where you
commonly purchase cigarettes.

When you have a bad craving for a cigarette take a deep breath,
drink some water, go for a short walk, or do something else to
distract yourself. Cravings will subside in just a minute or
two, whether or not you smoke.

Exercise. The benefits to smokers are tremendous. You’ll improve
your health, and find that quitting is much easier when you are
exercising. Exercising can easily relieve stress that you tried
to relieve by smoking. Smoking and exercise are not compatible.
Let exercise replace smoking in your life.

Plan rewards for yourself. Quitting smoking IS a big deal and
anyone who does it deserves a big reward. Of course, quitting
itself is the biggest reward, but you should also make a list of
rewards that you’ll give yourself when you pass certain
milestones. For example, after one week of being smoke-free, you
might buy yourself a new CD or movie. After one month, go out to
a nice dinner. After 6 months or a year, take a reward vacation.

Write down the rewards. Put them on your calendar and give
yourself a goal to work toward. With all the money you’ll save
by not smoking, you’ll be able to afford to reward yourself!

NOW GET STARTED

The Great American Smokeout is a great way to prove to yourself
that you can quit for a day. But if you can quit for one day,
you can surely quit for a week, or a month or a year. Give it a
chance and next year you won’t have to think about the Smokeout.

Re-read this article, then follow the directions. It’s simple
and within your reach.

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, visit the
American Cancer Society website at

http://www.cancer.org/

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Get Your Fair Share (of Cigarettes)

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

What drives the feeding frenzy each Christmas season? What makes
one or two toys the must-have, hot item, like this year’s Furby?
Of course most hot products have some innate value, creating
initial demand. But what drives people to pay hundreds of
dollars for a furry toy, or a child’s doll? Often the cause is
limited supply.

When you can’t have something, you often want it even more.

Just about all advertising encourages you to “buy now” because
“supplies are limited.” For most products, the company selling
the product can easily get or make more. For Furbies, demand
exceeded supply, causing fights in stores, and “scalping” of the
toy at ridiculously high prices.

So what’s all this got to do with quitting smoking?

Glad you asked.

Did you get your fair share of cigarettes today? What drives
many people to smoke or drink heavily or overeat is a sense that
you’ve got to get what you can now, before it’s all gone.

For example, remember the last time you had some good cookies or
candy in your home? I’ll bet that if you live with other people
you felt some sense of urgency to get your “fair share” of the
cookies or candy. As the supply of goodies dwindled did you find
yourself getting one or two, more often? Before you knew it,
they were all gone, and you probably felt like you didn’t get an
equal share.

This is a simple generalization, not meant to convict you, but
to demonstrate basic human nature. We all feel compelled to get
our “fair share” before it is taken away by someone else. Each
of us feels a basic desire to make sure our needs are met,
daily.

Now imagine this: Suddenly a million cookies appear in your
kitchen–all just as delicious as the ones you had in limited
supply earlier. Suddenly, your appetite disappears, and you
don’t feel a need to “fight” over the cookies. Heck, they’ll be
here for 10,000 years! They’ll rot before you can eat them all.

I bet you don’t feel like eating a single cookie now, do you?

Here’s the subtle, but important point I’m trying to make:
Cigarettes are plentiful! The supply is nearly limitless. You
can have as many cigarettes as you want. The cigarette
manufacturers will be happy to make as many as you need. In
fact, according to The World Health Organization, the annual
consumption of cigarettes during the years 1990-1992 was
6,050,000,000,000 (give or take a few billion)!!

Whether it is subconscious or not, you probably feel like you
can’t get your fair share of cigarettes. What happens when you
get down to the last cigarette in the pack, and you have no more
packs left? Do you panic? Do you drive 10 miles out of your way
in the driving snow to get another pack? I bet you have a story
to tell about your “search and destroy mission” to get more
cigarettes.

When you need a smoke, but can’t find one, the fact that you are
without cigarettes can consume all your thoughts and actions.
However, if you know you’ve got a few packs or cartons stashed
away, you don’t even think about it. Just knowing more are
within easy reach lets you relax and go about your business.

The next time you find yourself looking at an empty pack, just
relax! And remember: There are still trillions of cigarettes
available.

If you have made up your mind to quit and are now facing huge
cravings, just remember there are probably millions of
cigarettes within 10 miles of you. You can have your fair share
if you want, but who wants to smoke when you’ve got cookies
instead?

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Five Ways to Guarantee that You’ll NEVER Quit Smoking

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

Brought to you by the Good-For-You-And-Your-Children Tobacco
Company.

You’re hearing it from all directions: “Quit smoking!” But the
heck with that! You’re going to smoke until the day you die,
right? Here’s how to “fight back” against the tyrants and
authority establishment that is trying to make you quit.

First, you must never believe that quitting smoking is possible.
On the contrary, no one has ever quit smoking. Once you’ve had
one puff, you’re hooked for life. Might as well just start
smoking even if you only inhale some second-hand smoke. You see,
if you believe you can quit smoking, then you might actually try
to do something about it. Believing is the first, most important
step to becoming an evil “non-smoker”. So don’t believe what you
hear from anyone else. Don’t believe your own gut-instinct that
tells you that you do have the ability to quit. You don’t! It’s
impossible! Forget it!

Second, don’t set a date for quitting. The winners in life are
the people who never plan their life. They just get lucky. Money
falls from the sky whenever they need it. They get around to
doing things “someday.”

The losers in life spend time planning their day, planning their
goals and dreams; planning, planning, planning. Don’t do that!
It’s a waste of your time. You don’t need to know when you are
going to do anything. You’ll be just fine letting life “happen”
to you. Free love, man! Peace!

Don’t set a date for quitting smoking. That way you’ll never
know when you should put the cigarettes down for the last time.
That way you can just smoke one right after the other, with no
thought of when you want to become smoke-free.

Third, to guarantee you’ll never quit smoking, don’t talk to
your doctor about quitting. He or she will just give you a load
of hogwash. They think they know everything, those doctors. They
say smoking will shorten your life, make you sicker more often,
cause sexual dysfunction, give you heart and lung disease, plus
a whole bunch of other unsubstantiated claims. Everyone knows
that smoking never hurt anyone.

Your doctor would try to offer you his professional advice, and
maybe even try to prescribe some “helpful” medications for
quitting. They go to school for a million years and all of a
sudden these doctors think they can help heal people! Imagine.
Oh sure, studies may show that smokers who consult with their
physician are more likely to quit, but then everybody knows that
no one every quit smoking, right? (See the first method, above.)

Fourth, don’t exercise. Exercise is hard. You have to burn
calories. You have to discipline yourself to move your muscles
three or four times per week. You have to stop watching TV for
30 minutes. No way!

Stay seated and smoke another pack. Or two.

Exercise is good for you, they say. It can help you take your
mind off smoking. It can relieve stress. But you have cigarettes
to relieve stress, right?

Who wants to exercise when it gives you bulging muscles and a
tone body? The “experts” will try to tell you that you might
feel pretty good about yourself when you start to get in shape.
You just might want to take better care of yourself and quit
smoking. Your self-esteem will improve, your sleep will improve,
your stamina will increase, your sense of purpose will rise,
your weight will drop, your performance at work will improve.
That’s what the “experts” say. Nonsense. You’re doing just fine
right now, smoking your cigarettes on the couch, in front of the
TV, right?

Finally, the fifth way to guarantee that you’ll never quit
smoking is to just give up trying to quit. Don’t take any action
toward quitting. It’s not necessary. Oh sure, you’ve tried to
quit before. Did it work? Of course not. So forget it. It’s just
not worth the effort. You’re a slave to cigarettes.

You don’t want to live five or ten years longer anyway, do you?
No, quitting isn’t possible. Quitting requires that you actually
try. So don’t try. Don’t make plans to quit. Don’t read about
how to quit. Don’t talk with your doctor. Don’t learn from other
smokers who quit. Don’t try to quit cold turkey or to gradually
reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. Don’t do any of that
weird deep breathing stuff. Don’t drink plenty of water. Don’t
exercise. Don’t eat healthier foods. Don’t try to find a
quitting buddy. Don’t remove all the ash trays and lighters and
matches and cigarettes from your home and office and vehicle.
Don’t talk to strangers!

Face it, you’re a smoker. You love smoking. You love the
coughing and hacking. You love freezing to death when you have
to smoke in the designated smoking area outside. You love being
stared at every time you light a cigarette in public. You love
spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on your
habit. You love smelling terrible. You love having bad breath.
You love paying more for your insurance. You love spending time
in the hospital.

Remaining a smoker is easy, now that you know the five simple
ways to guarantee that you never quit smoking. Get started today
(or whenever you feel like it–or never–see step 5)

Brought to you by the Good-For-You-And-Your-Children Tobacco
Company.

;-)

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

20 Quick Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

1. Believe in yourself. Believe that you can quit. Think about
some of the most difficult things you have done in your life and
realize that you have the guts and determination to quit
smoking. It’s up to you.

2. After reading this list, sit down and write your own list,
customized to your personality and way of doing things. Create
you own plan for quitting.

3. Write down why you want to quit (the benefits of quitting):
live longer, feel better, for your family, save money, smell
better, find a mate more easily, etc. You know what’s bad about
smoking and you know what you’ll get by quitting. Put it on
paper and read it daily.

4. Ask your family and friends to support your decision to quit.
Ask them to be completely supportive and non-judgmental. Let
them know ahead of time that you will probably be irritable and
even irrational while you withdraw from your smoking habit.

5. Set a quit date. Decide what day you will extinguish your
cigarettes forever. Write it down. Plan for it. Prepare your
mind for the “first day of the rest of your life”. You might
even hold a small ceremony when you smoke you last cigarette, or
on the morning of the quit date.

6. Talk with your doctor about quitting. Support and guidance
from a physician is a proven way to better your chances to quit.

7. Begin an exercise program. Exercise is simply incompatible
with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body
recover from years of damage from cigarettes. If necessary,
start slow, with a short walk once or twice per day. Build up to
30 to 40 minutes of rigorous activity, 3 or 4 times per week.
Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

8. Do some deep breathing each day for 3 to 5 minutes. Breathe
in through your nose very slowly, hold the breath for a few
seconds, and exhale very slowly through your mouth. Try doing
your breathing with your eyes closed and go to step 9.

9. Visualize your way to becoming a non-smoker. While doing your
deep breathing in step 8, you can close your eyes and begin to
imagine yourself as a non-smoker. See yourself enjoying your
exercise in step 7. See yourself turning down a cigarette that
someone offers you. See yourself throwing all your cigarettes
away, and winning a gold medal for doing so. Develop your own
creative visualizations. Visualization works. Quit smoking hypnosis
programs are a form of guided visualization.

10. Cut back on cigarettes gradually (if you cut back gradually,
be sure to set a quit date on which you WILL quit). Ways to cut
back gradually include: plan how many cigarettes you will smoke
each day until your quit date, making the number you smoke
smaller each day; buy only one pack at a time; change brands so
you don’t enjoy smoking as much; give your cigarettes to someone
else, so that you have to ask for them each time you want to
smoke.

11. Quit smoking “cold turkey”. Many smokers find that the only
way they can truly quit once and for all is to just quit
abruptly without trying to slowly taper off. Find the method
that works best for you: gradually quitting or cold turkey. If
one way doesn’t work do the other.

12. Find another smoker who is trying to quit, and help each
other with positive words and by lending an ear when quitting
becomes difficult. Visit this Quit Smoking Forum and this
Quit Smoking Chat Room to find a “quit buddy.”

13. Have your teeth cleaned. Enjoy the way your teeth look and
feel and plan to keep them that way.

14. After you quit, plan to celebrate the milestones in your
journey to becoming a non-smoker. After two weeks of being
smoke-free, see a movie. After a month, go to a fancy restaurant
(be sure to sit in the non-smoking section). After three months,
go for a long weekend to a favorite get-away. After six months,
buy yourself something frivolous. After a year, have a party for
yourself. Invite your family and friends to your “birthday”
party and celebrate your new chance at a long, healthy life.

15. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you anyway, and most
people don’t get enough. It will help flush the nicotine and
other chemicals out of your body, plus it can help reduce
cravings by fulfilling the “oral desires” that you may have.

16. Learn what triggers your desire for a cigarette, such as
stress, the end of a meal, arrival at work, entering a bar, etc.
Avoid these triggers or if that’s impossible, plan alternative
ways to deal with the triggers.

17. Find something to hold in your hand and mouth, to replace
cigarettes. Consider drinking straws or you might try an
artificial cigarette called E-Z Quit found here:

http://www.quitsmoking.com/ezquit.htm

18. Write yourself an inspirational song or poem about quitting,
cigarettes, and what it means to you to quit. Read it daily.

19. Keep a picture of your family or someone very important to
you with you at all times. On a piece of paper, write the words
“I’m quitting for myself and for you (or “them”)”. Tape your
written message to the picture. Whenever you have the urge to
smoke, look at the picture and read the message.

20. Whenever you have a craving for a cigarette, instead of
lighting up, write down your feelings or whatever is on your
mind. Keep this “journal” with you at all times.

Good luck in your efforts to quit smoking. It’s worth it!

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

11 Ways to Keep Your New Year Resolution to Quit Smoking

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

December 22, 1997

Every year about this time, people begin thinking about the new year and the changes it will bring. Some people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get a better job, get married, or simply to get a life. Millions of Americans will also make the resolution to quit smoking.

Nearly 48 million Americans aged 18 years and older smoke. Of these, fully 70%–nearly 34 million smokers–want to quit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This year 1.3 million of these smokers will quit successfully. Why do tens of millions want to quit but only a fraction actually succeeds? The answer is that most people just don’t know how to go about quitting.

Follow the 11 simple steps outlined below to assure your quit-smoking success.

1. Decide Right Now to Believe that You CAN Quit Smoking

Studies of smokers who successfully quit smoking show that one of the most important traits of a successful quitter is their belief that they have the ability to quit smoking.

Do you believe that you can quit? If you don’t, you will have a much harder time trying to quit. The best action you can take right now to start the quitting process is to fix in your mind the belief that you have the ability to quit smoking. You might say that you can’t change your belief, but you can.

Believing you can quit is so important because your belief will guide everything you do in your attempt to quit. The way you think, the research you do, the steps you take, the people you talk to, the help you seek–all these will be influenced by the belief you have in your ability to give up cigarettes.

If you don’t truly believe you can quit, you’ll probably find yourself saying, “What’s one little cigarette? I’ve got a headache. I just can’t quit like other people.” If you believe you can quit, instead you’ll be saying “My head is hurting from withdrawal, but I can make it through this. I know the headache and other withdrawal symptoms will go away in a few days. My life is more important than a stupid cigarette.”

Believing shapes everything you do. So does not believing. If you believe something strongly enough your mind will give you the correct thoughts to help your body take you in the direction of your belief.

Can you imagine what life would be like if Thomas Edison hadn’t believed that he could invent the incandescent light bulb? If Edison had begun his search for the solution without really believing he could create a light bulb that worked, he would have quit long before finding the answer. Edison tested more than 10,000 combinations of materials before finding the right one to create a light bulb! You must believe that you can quit smoking, even if it takes 10,000 attempts.

Fixing in your mind a belief that you can quit smoking may sound impossible if you now believe that you don’t have the ability. Here are some tips to help you change your beliefs:

Realize that your old belief was founded on old ideas and circumstances and that your new belief is based on new information and your newfound desire to quit smoking now.
On 3X5 cards, write out several positive statements about your ability to quit. Read your cards three times a day: morning, noon and bedtime. Some statements to use: “I believe that I have the ability to quit smoking,” “I am a non-smoker,” “I no longer need cigarettes in my life,” “I happily quit smoking,” “It’s easy to quit smoking,” “I am a powerful, self-directed person,” “I control my own life.” Make up some of your own statements. Make them positive, as if you have already completed the task.
Post a sign on your bathroom mirror with one of the above statements on it.
Repeat the above statements to yourself, whenever you have a free moment.
Use visualization techniques (see Step 7 below) to visualize yourself mastering your smoking habit and winning the fight.
Ask your family and friends to encourage you with positive statements about your ability to quit smoking (See Step 5 below).
2. Create a “Quit Plan”

Successful people in all walks of life become successful through planning. The same is true for smokers who successfully quit smoking. You must create a plan that you will follow daily, so that you quit smoking purposefully, not haphazardly.

Put your plan on paper. Write each of these steps in your plan:

Study this report and write down how you will mentally prepare yourself to quit smoking. Don’t try to quit until you feel you are ready.
Decide on a specific date that you will quit. Write down your “quit date.” Make sure your quit date comes after you have completed step “a” above. Also, choose a quit date that occurs during a relatively low stress time. Don’t try to quit during a stressful time at work or during the break-up of a relationship, for example.

Quitting on a specific date is preferable to slowly reducing the number of cigarettes that you smoke. By going “cold turkey” you won’t have to keep track of how many cigarettes you smoked yesterday and how many you will smoke today. You will also remove the temptation to cheat and smoke too many. By using this report to prepare yourself for your quit date you will be ready to quit, and going cold turkey won’t be so difficult.
Write down all the things you will enjoy doing after you quit smoking (long walks, eating out without being restricted to the smoking section, taking a vacation with the money you will save, etc.). This step is very important, so spend extra time dreaming up your “smoke-free future.”
Write down the times and occasions when you are most likely to smoke. Write down what “triggers” your desire to smoke (See Step 8 below). You may be surprised to find that you have organized your day around smoking.
Write down five to ten things you will do instead of smoking, whenever you feel a cigarette craving coming on. For example, you might drink a glass of water, go for a short walk, type a letter, do some filing, call a friend, read a book, or mow the grass. Plan how you will distract yourself. Try to distract yourself with something healthy and/or beneficial. Match the distractions you’ve created in this step with the times and occasions your wrote down in step “d” above.
Write down the names of three people whom you trust to support your efforts to quit smoking. Contact them and ask for their support. Make sure you tell them that you want only positive support. Ask them to call you each day and give you positive encouragement. Also, ask them if you can call them if you need help.
Write down a list of all the items that you use when smoking: cigarettes, lighters, matches, ashtrays, etc. Make notes about where every single item is. Then on your “quit date” track down each item and throw them away. Don’t forget to clean out your car and your office at work.
Write down a list of rewards that you will give yourself. Be sure to reward yourself as you go longer and longer without smoking. For example: End of Day One — long, hot bubble bath. End of Week One — see a Movie. End of Week Three — dinner at an exclusive restaurant. End of Month Two — take a day off from work. End of Six Months — take a weekend getaway. End of Year One — take a 7-day vacation. Whenever possible, write down the specific date that you will reward yourself. By the way, these rewards won’t cost you much, if anything, because you’ll be saving hundreds of dollars by not smoking!
Make an appointment to see your doctor (See Step 6 below).
3. Take Action

You can’t win the battle if you don’t start the battle. The problem with too many unmet goals and plans is that no action was ever taken to start down the road to achieving the goal or plan. If you created your “Quit Plan” in Step 2 above (you did create a “Quit Plan”, didn’t you?) you now have a plan for quitting. What is step “a” of your Quit Plan? Have you done it yet? Do it now! You must put your plan into action.

If you ever studied physics in high school you’ve probably heard of inertia. Inertia is the characteristic of an object (you) wanting to maintain its current state. In other words, objects at rest (doing nothing, not moving) tend to want to stay at rest. An object in motion tends to want to stay in motion.

Anytime you have to slam on your car’s brakes you experience inertia. When your car slows down rapidly, what happens to you and your passengers? Your bodies lunge forward before they are (hopefully) restrained by a seatbelt. If not restrained you could go right through the windshield. The point is this: if you begin taking action–even the smallest action–to quit smoking, you’ll start a chain reaction, carrying you forward to the next step in your quit smoking action plan. Getting started on your plan is difficult, but once you get started it’s hard to stop. So get started today!

4. Prepare Yourself Mentally

While most of the media attention surrounding the smoking addiction focuses on chemical addictions to nicotine, you are in reality “multi-addicted.” You are addicted to the feel of the cigarette in your hand and mouth. You are addicted to the actions of lighting your cigarette, moving your cigarette up to your mouth, flicking ashes from the cigarette and holding your cigarette between your fingers. You’ve also become addicted to the visual appeal of cigarettes: the flame, the smoke, even a dirty ashtray. You’re also addicted to the deep inhalations and exhalations you take as you puff on your cigarettes. You may have become addicted to smoking buddies at your workplace. All these stimuli serve to meet some physical, psychological or emotional need within you.

Part of preparing yourself mentally is understanding, studying and attacking your addictions. Think about the pleasures you derive from smoking. Does it make you feel “cool”? Do you get a lift or relax? Do you need to have something in your mouth or hands? Do you enjoy breathing deeply when you smoke? Do you feel a compulsion to head out to socialize with your smoking buddies every morning at 10:30?

Think through how you feel when you smoke. Are you happy, sad, soothed, or more alert? The next time you smoke a cigarette, notice all these things. Jot down your observations, then re-read them regularly. Study your own addiction so you understand what you must overcome. As Socrates said, “Know thyself.”

5. Get Help and Support from Family and Friends

Sometimes our family and friends can be our worst enemies when we are attempting something very difficult or “different.” If your family or friends don’t smoke, they may not understand your desire to quit. Nor will they understand the extreme difficulty of overcoming your addiction.

If your family and friends do smoke, they may have attempted to quit themselves, but failed. Or they may not want to quit at all, thereby placing pressure on you not to quit also. Human nature causes people to try to “hold others back” when someone close to them begins to move in a direction different from the norm. If you quit, you will place pressure and the spotlight on family and friends who are still smoking.

Your challenge will be to let others around you know that you are doing this for YOU. Let them know that if they will not encourage you, then they should “keep quiet while you quit.” But by all means encourage others to encourage you.

Ask your family and friends to give you positive encouragement. Make sure they know that you do not want them to point out your faults, mistakes and slips. Ask them to praise your victories, large or small. Ask them to be understanding during the times that you may be less than friendly or patient. Ask them to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

6. Get Help From Your Doctor

Research shows that smokers who quit with assistance and support from a physician have higher rates of success. Even patients who received only minimal instruction and encouragement from their doctor showed improved “quitting” results.

Your doctor can give you the medical facts regarding the effect of cigarettes, plus tell you the benefits of quitting cigarettes. Also, he or she may prescribe some of the latest prescription-only quit-smoking medications.

Your doctor can also help you determine steps you can take to give up cigarettes and improve your health. Part of improving your health involves changing your diet and exercising. A doctor can test your current physical fitness and give you a plan for getting more fit (See Step 9 below).

Contact your doctor today. If he or she can’t or won’t help you, ask for a referral to a doctor who can and will help you.

7. Visualize Your Way to Quit Smoking Success

Your mind is a powerful “device.” This device can be used for positive or negative purposes. You win or lose in life based on the way you “run” your mind. Much of running your mind involves visualizing–visualizing what has already happened in your life, as well as what may happen, good or bad.

Visualization is very similar to what our teachers and parents may have called “day dreaming.” Children excel at day dreaming and playing “make believe.” As we grow older, we tend to suppress our daydreams because of pressures to conform to society’s practical approach. Day dreaming or visualization allows us to create bright, fun, fantastic futures for ourselves. Unfortunately, visualization for adults becomes scenarios of unfounded fears, drudgery, regretful memories or just plain darkness.

You never lose your ability to visualize. Instead, you change your visualization to “practical” and logical thoughts. And often, adults do have vivid visualizations but of the negative doom and gloom, “the worst thing that can happen” variety. How often have you let your mind race with pictures of disaster and destruction? You see yourself lashed to a whipping post, being beaten by an IRS auditor, or you see your doctor telling you the pain in your head is a malignant brain tumor.

Your mind can just as easily show you a refund check from the IRS or a “clean bill of health” from the routine physical.

The problem and the opportunity with visualization is that your mind doesn’t know truth from fiction when it evaluates the visions in your mind. Your mind simply accepts the visualization as reality.

An example of this is the effect a scary movie may have on you. When the movie Jaws came out in 1975 many people were so frightened by it that they would go nowhere near a beach or lake. Some people were even afraid to take a bath or shower. The mental images of this monster shark took over the mind’s rational ability to think and allowed people to imagine sharks coming out of the showerhead. For these people the experience was so real that they changed their actions in the physical world. This is an extreme example, yet it is typical of the way that imagination and visualization can affect your physical existence.

In your mind you can create many different scenarios for yourself. You can visualize good or bad events. Your mind tends to act on these visualizations. Whatever you imagine, your mind will accept as real. In time your mind will work to “fulfill” your thoughts, creating them in reality. Think negative thoughts, create negative results. Think positive thoughts, create positive results.

Much has been written on visualization, and you should seek some more in-depth information on visualization techniques.

Here are some quick tips for using visualization to help you quit smoking:

Visualization often begins with affirmations–positive statements you make to yourself. State your affirmations positively and as if you already have what you are affirming. If possible, state your affirmations aloud, five to ten times.

Some examples of positive affirmations include: “I enjoy breathing easily and deeply,” “I am free from any desire to smoke,” “My hands and teeth are clean and smoke free,” “I enjoy being around non-smokers,” and “I am relaxed and calm.”

Write down some goals for yourself, relating to smoking. For example, “I will quit smoking by the last day of March,” or “My body no longer desires nicotine,” or “I will take a vacation to Mexico next year with the money I save by not smoking.”

To create deep visualizations that can profoundly affect you, relaxation is very important. To relax you should sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Begin breathing long, deep breaths. Imagine yourself at the top of a staircase. Count down from ten to one, breathing once per number. As you count down, imagine yourself walking or even floating down the stairs. In between breaths repeat statements like “I’m getting very relaxed,” and “going deeper.”

Once you reach the count of “one” (and the bottom of the steps), let your mind wander for a minute or two. Then begin focusing on the affirmations and goals you have created for yourself. Don’t be concerned if you don’t immediately see anything. You may only see cloudy or fleeting images. That’s okay. With practice your visualizations will become more vivid.

Focus on controlling the images, however faint they may be. If you have set a goal to quit smoking by the end of March, see yourself throwing all your cigarettes and ashtrays away on March 31. Try visualizing a package of cigarettes, then make it “explode.” Visualize your lungs as very clean and healthy. Visualize socializing with non-smokers. Visualize yourself effortlessly running a marathon. Visualize your friends and loved ones honoring you at a quit-smoking banquet. Create your visualizations from the goals and affirmations you have written down.

Don’t “push” your visualization. Lee Pulos, author of The Power of Visualization suggests that your “visualizations should be no more than 30 seconds at one time.”

Pulos suggests doing your visualizations in an enthusiastic, excited state as if you have already achieved your goal.

8. Know Your Triggers

Your next step toward self-knowledge and quitting is learning what triggers your smoking. A trigger is anything that instantly engenders within you a desire to smoke. For example, the end of a meal may be a signal (trigger) to your mind and body that it’s time for a cigarette. In part “d” of Step 2 above you wrote down what triggers your desire to smoke. After reading the following, go back to your written plan and add to it if necessary.

Common triggers include people, places, events and stress.

People: when you are with other smokers you are more likely to light up. Also, certain people may put you under stress, encouraging you to reach for a cigarette.

Places: certain places are synonymous with smoking, such as bars or restaurants. Your smoking may also be triggered when you are in a place where you have smoked before or a place where you smoke regularly, such as a designated smoking area at your office.

Events: stressful or extraordinary events such as a family member’s illness or death can trigger stress, which consequently triggers your smoking. You may also tend to light up at sporting events, parties, or as mentioned earlier, the end of a meal.

Stress: As mentioned above, stress can be a trigger, causing you to reach for a cigarette. Cigarettes do have a legitimate calming effect on many smokers, encouraging the use of cigarettes as tranquilizers.

Stress is caused by numerous things in our lives and is most likely a daily influence in your life. Part of your job when giving up cigarettes is learning how to deal with your stress in some way other than smoking. Step 9 below discusses exercise as a stress reliever and quit-smoking method. Meditation and visualization (Step 7 above) are also good stress relievers. Plan how you will reduce stress in your life.

9. Exercise

As previously mentioned, exercise is an excellent method for reducing stress. Exercise also can play an important role in helping you to quit smoking.

Research shows that smokers who take up a regular exercise program have a much higher quit-smoking success rate. The higher the level of activity, the higher the success rate. Smoking and exercise simply aren’t compatible. A Gallup Poll found that smokers who exercised were twice as likely to quit smoking versus smokers who did not exercise.

Cigarettes do alleviate stress for many smokers. When you give up cigarettes, your stress level likely will rise. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever and can replace your dependence on cigarettes for stress relief.

The many positive effects of exercise are too numerous to mention or explain here. However, here is a list of some of the most common benefits of exercise:

Reduced stress
Increased stamina
Increased feelings of well being and improved health
Weight loss
Improved muscle tone and physical appearance
Increased self-esteem and sense of accomplishment
Improved sleep
Improved performance at work
Improved attitudes and disposition
To get started exercising you need to choose one or two activities that you enjoy. Common exercises include walking, jogging, biking, swimming, tennis, basketball, etc. You may even decide to undertake regular, strenuous yard work for your neighbors.

Try to exercise 20-30 minutes at a time, three to four times per week. If you are out of shape, give yourself time to work up to this regular exercise schedule. Consult your doctor before beginning your exercise program.

For many people, exercise is drudgery. Be sure you pick an exercise that you enjoy, and consider exercising with a buddy. Your buddy can encourage you to “keep moving” when you want to stop. You’ll also be more likely to exercise when another person is depending upon you to be there. The next Step discusses quitting smoking with a “Quit Buddy.” Your exercise buddy also may be your “Quit Buddy.”

10. Find a Quit Buddy

Chances are you know another smoker who wants to quit. Suggest to that smoker that you help each other “douse the flames” forever. Studies show that smokers who partner with a Quit Buddy to provide mutual support are more successful when giving up cigarettes than are smokers who try to quit on their own.

If you can’t readily find a Quit Buddy, try contacting some of the resources listed at the end of this report. Also, many local hospitals and churches have quit-smoking programs and you may be able to find a Quit Buddy or even a Quit Group there.

Quit Buddies can provide support by way of daily or even hourly phone calls. Make yourself available to your Buddy whenever he or she needs help making it through the tougher moments. Provide positive encouragement when your Buddy succeeds. Do your best to ignore any relapse your Buddy may have. Don’t try to “shame” or coerce your Buddy into quitting. Studies show that negative feedback does not improve quit-smoking success rates.

Plan outings and activities together. As previously mentioned, you might exercise with your Quit Buddy. Sign contracts with each other stating that you will quit smoking and provide your Buddy with support while they quit.

11. Don’t Give Up

Many smokers who have successfully given up cigarettes have made several attempts to quit before they finally kicked the habit. You should know going in that quitting may be a lengthy, or even life-long, process. There is no failure as long as you follow Step 1 above (Believe). If you believe you will quit, you will! It may take three or four attempts before your quitting “sticks.” If you quit for a short time then resume smoking, you are one step closer to quitting for good. Just quit again. Keep doing it Until. Until you win, until you quit for life.

You may find that after a first or second attempt to quit you have reduced the number of cigarettes that you smoke each day. That’s great! You are no longer as dependent! Now, go for the gold!

Conclusion

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to decide or “resolve” to quit smoking. Use this report to formulate your quit smoking plan. Share the report and your plan with your family, friends and other smokers.

Please let me know about your quit-smoking successes (and troubles). I would like to learn from you about the effectiveness of this report as well as effective tips and methods that you create yourself. Here’s how you can reach me:

Fred H. Kelley
QuitSmoking.com
Email: fredk@quitsmoking.com
Web: http://www.quitsmoking.com
Phone: 770-346-9222
Fax: 770-475-5007
Mail: 3675 Glennvale Ct.
Cumming, GA 30041

For more information consult the following resources:

American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 32329
404-320-3333

American Cancer Society
19 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-586-8700

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
214-373-6300

American Lung Association
1740 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212-315-8700

National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 10A24
Bethesda, MD 20892
800-4-CANCER, or
800-422-6237

Office on Smoking and Health
U.S. Dept. of Health Services
5600 Fishers Lane
Park Building, Room 110
Rockville, MD 20857
301-443-1575

QuitSmoking.com
3675 Glennvale Ct
Cumming, GA 30041
770-346-9222

http://www.quitsmoking.com

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
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