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5 Minute Craving Busters

Friday May 30, 2014

Distract, distract, distract!

The first days of smoking cessation can feel like one long, nonstop craving to smoke.

Pay close attention though, and you'll notice that most cigarette cravings last 3-5 minutes. They start off strong, and decrease gradually until they're gone.

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3 Essential Elements of a Successful Quit Program

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Smoking cessation is an achievable goal for all of us. While it can seem like an insurmountable task, there are a few key ingredients that will make your quit program stick this time around.

Make 2014 the year you put smoking behind you for good. You can do it, and About.com Smoking Cessation will be here to help you every step of the way.

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The Icky Threes

Monday May 26, 2014

The icky threes refer to particular phases of a person's quit program that can be bumpy and uncomfortable.

Learn what to expect ahead of time as you move through the first few months of smoking cessation, and you'll be better prepared to succeed. And that, after all, is what we all want!

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8 Things Not to Say to Someone Trying to Quit Smoking

Saturday May 24, 2014

While our only wish is to support loved ones who are working so hard to quit smoking, it can be easy to inadvertently say something that will hinder their progress rather than help them succeed.

Your sensitivity to the challenges friends and family face with smoking cessation will mean the world to them and fortify their efforts to boot the butts, once and for all.

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About.com Health Guides have compiled hundreds of tips on what not to say to loved ones across a wide variety of topics.

We all want to offer assistance that makes a difference. Use the article above to help you prepare to give the best support possible to friends and family who may look to you in their time of need.

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Why You Should Quit Smoking TODAY

Thursday May 22, 2014

We all know that smoking is dangerous and that it leads to numerous horrific diseases. As smokers, we work to keep this information partitioned off in a place in our minds where we don't have to think about it too much.

When we do come face-to-face with the reality of where smoking is leading us, we rationalize by telling ourselves that cancer doesn't run in the family or Aunt Belle smoked until she was 90 with no problems...or that we have time before the hazardous effects of smoking will catch up with us.

In this article from DrRich, About.com's Guide to Heart Disease, he tells us in no uncertain terms why quitting TODAY is important and why it could mean the difference between life and death. Literally.

If you're still smoking, don't lull yourself into complacency by telling yourself you have time to quit. There is no guarantee that you do or don't, but one thing is for sure - the sooner you stop poisoning your body with the thousands of toxins in cigarettes, the better off you'll be.

Use the tools here at About.com Smoking Cessation and get started TODAY. Your precious and irreplaceable life depends on it.

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The Seasons of Smoking Cessation

Sunday May 18, 2014

The first time I quit smoking, I thought that if I could just get through the first two weeks, I'd be in the clear. I had so much to learn!

While it does take longer than that to clear out all of the associations we had with tobacco, the time it takes to heal from nicotine addiction is short when compared to the number of years most of us smoked.

The first year of smoking cessation gives us the opportunity to experience nearly all of the activities and emotions in our daily lives that trigger thoughts of smoking. And with a healthy mindset and the willingness to retrain our brains, that year is enough to putt smoking behind us for good.

More Reading: Owning Your Quit Program

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Cigarettes Were an Abusive Partner

Saturday May 17, 2014

About.com Smoking Cessation support forum member Diana wrote a compelling "goodbye letter" to nicotine addiction that I would like to share with all of you today.

From Diana: "It (smoking) starts off very passionate and enjoyable. We fall madly in love with each other and can't eat, can't sleep, can't be without each other every minute of the day. After awhile though, the abuse starts..."

More Goodbye Letters:

Seeing Through the Smoke Screen - AWL's letter
I Will Survive! - Liz' Letter
A Farewell to Smoking - Jeff's Letter

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Smoking Cessation and Weight Gain - FAQs

Friday May 16, 2014

A reader asks:
"Why do I have the urge to snack so much when I quit smoking? Is weight gain during smoking cessation inevitable? What can I do to avoid trading one problem (smoking) for another (weight gain)?"

While a small weight gain when quitting smoking is normal, it should fall back off within a couple of months if you're eating as you were before cessation.

Let's take a look at what you can do to avoid putting on pounds when you quit smoking.

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Health Effects of Smoking Cigarettes

Thursday May 15, 2014

As smokers, we all know that cigarettes are death traps, but we do our best to not look too closely at the facts. To do so brings us face to face with the hazards and makes it impossible to smoke "in comfort". Once we quit however, those facts become allies in building a solid quit program.

Look at the devastation smoking leaves in its wake and use it to boost your motivation to put this killer addiction behind you for good.

Smoking-Related Disease Personal Stories:

Heart Disease - Walt's Story
Oral Cancer
- Marlene's Story
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Dee's Story

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Taking Back Control - Kevin's Story

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Most of us quit smoking thinking we'll fail. Nicotine addiction has a way of stealing our will to try before we've even given it a shot. However, with some determination, education, and a solid support network, this addiction can be overcome and freedom grasped. Kevin's story is a great example of that.

Taking Back Control -- Kevin's Story

Thank you for sharing your journey, Kevin. Your story rings true and tells us that we do have what it takes to succeed with cessation...all of us.

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