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How To Give Up Smoking – A Good Overview from Helpguide.org

Earlier today, I ran a Google search on “How To Give Up Smoking”, and the first result it returned was an article titled, “How to Quit Smoking: Guide to quitting and kicking the habit for good.” The article is featured on the site “helpguide.org”, and it’s one of the best and most comprehensive overviews of the quitting process I’ve seen.

What’s in the Article?

The article touches on some of the main challenges to quitting, how to design your personal quit plan, coping with cravings and withdrawal, as well as dealing with weight gain and changes in mood.

It also lists a number of different approaches to quitting (and I was pleasantly surprised to find “quitting cold turkey” listed first in its list of methods that people have used to successfully quit), and, while I believe that, in the final analysis, all successful long-term quitters quit cold turkey, the article’s authors don’t seem bent on convincing their readers to immediately turn to NRTs and other pharmaceutical aids to quitting.

Pretty Well-Balanced

Although the article’s authors do spend considerably more time discussing what they refer to as “Medication therapy” (e.g., NRTs and non-nicotine-based medications such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix)) and various “Non-medication therapies” (e.g., hypnosis and acupuncture) than they do discussing quitting cold turkey, I suspect that this may be due to an assumption that there really isn’t much to talk about with the cold turkey method than with any bias against it.

The article wraps up with some reasonable advice on how best to help a family member quit smoking and what to do if you relapse.

The Bottom Line

All in all, this is an excellent overview of the quitting process, and, although I disagree with some of what the article says (particularly about the effectiveness of NRTs and pharmaceutical-based “therapies”), it’s still well worth the time to read. You can read the full article for yourself at the following link:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/quit_smoking_cessation.htm

  • karri strain says:

    I always spent a half an hour to read this blog’s articles every day along with a mug of coffee.

    September 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm
  • Kiara says:

    Very good post. I definitely appreciate this site. Keep up the good work!

    September 27, 2013 at 11:58 am
  • Becky says:

    I like that you post reviews like this on your blog.

    I’m going bookmark you and come back regularly. I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth my while. Thanks!

    September 29, 2013 at 6:48 am
  • Robin says:

    I agree with Becky; it’s hard to tell who to trust any more, but you seem to know a lot about how to quit, so if you say it’s a pretty good article, it must be pretty good. :)

    September 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  • francesca says:

    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:40 am
  • Jin Sheng says:

    But, to give up smoking is the most difficult thing for me, I tried three times, each time lasted three months, then give up, I think because of the cause of the anxiety, so I have to continue to smoke.

    October 7, 2013 at 10:53 am
  • Hildegard says:

    I agree with you about the NRT’s and the pills – nicotine is nicotine and your never going to quit nicotine by taking nicotine. And the pills cost too much and there dangerous. Good review. :)

    October 12, 2013 at 6:38 am
  • Imogene says:

    Good post! I’ve been checking this blog since I first found it and I have to say I’m a bit disappointed that you don’t update it more often. It looks like you used to be pretty regular and then you just stopped. Why? Anyway, thanks for what you posted already. Hope you’ll start posting again. :(

    October 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm

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