Some of the best information about smoking cessation comes from those who have experienced the ups and downs of quitting directly. Their advice on how to manage everything from nicotine withdrawal and weight gain to the benefits we can hope to see when we quit smoking are empowering.
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Most smokers have a "last straw" that causes them to stub out that final cigarette that signals the start of smoking cessation.
The reasons we quit smoking are as varied as we are, but they all share a common thread: a wish for freedom from the chains of nicotine addiction.
Though it can be intense and uncomfortable, nicotine withdrawal is a temporary
phase of smoking cessation. Knowledge about what to expect will help you put a plan together to manage the ups and downs successfully.
Remember that nicotine withdrawal does not last long. Use the advice of those who have been through it to help you put it behind you as well.
Most of us think about better health and more money in our pockets when we quit smoking, but that just nicks the surface of the improvements we'll experience with smoking cessation.
When truly embraced, smoking cessation transforms our lives and brings us benefits beyond what we can imagine.
Smoking cessation and weight gain often go hand-in-hand when we quit smoking, but they don't have to.
With some education and a plan, weight gain can be minimized when quitting tobacco.
In most parts of the world, the cost of cigarettes takes a significant chunk out of the monthly budget. When we stop smoking, it can be a boost to spend some of that money on tangible rewards that would have otherwise gone up in smoke.
Read how others have spent their cigarette money and let us know how you have, too.
Many of us have people in our lives who have inspired us to quit smoking, either through their struggle with tobacco or their triumph over it.
Share your story and read how others have found the determination to stop smoking with the help of their own quit smoking role models.
Nicotine addiction is a tough nut to crack, but it can be beaten. Not only that, we can go on to enjoy life without a backwards glance at our old smoking habit.
Knowledge is power and the vehicle that can carry us up and out of nicotine addiction for good.
Use the tips and stories from those who have walked the path ahead of you to motivate you to find the freedom you dream of. And do it now -- there is no time like the present to start the ball rolling on changes that will transform your life.