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How to Stop Chain Smoking

by Remy Lo
  • Overview

    Chain-smoking can adversely affect your health. It can even negatively affect your financial situation, as your cravings drive you to keep spending money on cigarettes. Although nicotine addiction can cause powerful cravings and withdrawal symptoms, quitting is possible with a dedicated effort. Make a firm commitment to quit chain-smoking, while seeking emotional support from loved ones.
 
  • Step 1

    Address your emotional reasons for smoking. Although it can be difficult to confront tough issues, doing so can help you choose the best course of action for quitting. Realize that you may chain-smoke for a variety of emotional reasons. Examples include smoking to relieve stress or to control food cravings. Finding ways to overcome underlying emotional issues can make quitting easier.
  • Step 2

    Combat physical cravings for cigarettes. Realize that you also get used to the physical act of smoking to avoid falling back into undesirable habits. Replace the motion of putting cigarettes to your lips with activities such as chewing gum or eating celery sticks.
  • Step 3

    Develop a plan for quitting. Explore options including quitting cold turkey, gradually reducing your cigarette usage and medical intervention. Choose a quitting method that can give you the best chance of success. This is especially important if you've made previous attempts to quit chain-smoking. For example, it may be too much temptation to simply "cut back" on your number of daily cigarettes when surrounded by other smokers.
  • Step 4

    Explain your desire to quit chain-smoking to loved ones. This lets others feel your sincerity and can inspire them to assist in your efforts. Give solid reasons for quitting, while detailing your actual plans to quit. Ask for feedback about your intentions, including foreseeable setbacks and complications. Adjust your initial plans to account for the feedback you receive. For example, it may be necessary to choose another quit date to account for the busy work schedule of your main source of support.
  • Step 5

    Remove yourself from intense situations. This helps you avoid the temptation of smoking "just one more" cigarette. It also sends a firm message to people that you've previously smoked with about your dedication to quitting. Realize that some people may not be excited about your attempts to quit chain-smoking. Consider bringing along a written copy of your reasons for quitting, for firm reminders during tough situations.
  • Step 6

    Indulge in enjoyable activities that don't involve cigarettes. Take advantage of your increased energy by treating yourself to constructive experiences. Examples include joining a yoga class, or visiting non-smoking museums and poetry houses. Ask non-smoking friends to accompany you for extra support and plan enforcement.
  • 4
  • Ask your loved ones to bear with any irritability that you may experience while battling nicotine withdrawals.
  • Ask your loved ones to bear with any irritability that you may experience while battling nicotine withdrawals.
  • Avoid getting frustrated with your efforts to quit chain-smoking. You may experience a wide range of emotions because of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Avoid getting frustrated with your efforts to quit chain-smoking. You may experience a wide range of emotions because of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

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