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E-Cigarettes May Not Help You Quit Smoking, but Here’s What Can

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After the release of the latest research on the effectiveness and dangers of e-cigarettes, you may decide that they aren’t the best way to help you kick that smoking habit after all.

One recent study showed that e-cigarettes may not be helping people quit smoking after all, while this report looked at the dangers of having liquid nicotine in a home with children. With this news, you may be searching for some other ways to get help quitting. Here are a few tips:

Know Your Reasons for Quitting

The first key is knowing why you need to quit. If you have your reasons in place, you can recite them to yourself when you have those inevitable cravings. The reasons should be personal and powerful. To work, they must be strong enough to outweigh your urge to smoke.

Handle Your Quit Day

The next step to quitting your nicotine habit is the quit day. The CDC offers these tips for making that day work, including telling your loved ones this is the day and asking for their support, getting professional support with a quitting plan, disposing of all your smoking stuff (including smoking triggers), staying busy, and always keeping in mind that you have to take the quitting process one moment at a time.

Get the Tools to Resist Cravings

Nicotine is an addictive substance. You don’t have cravings because you’re a bad person, you have cravings because your body thinks it needs the drug. To quit smoking successfully, you’ll need to have a plan in place for resisting cravings. Some tools are nicotine-replacement therapy, avoid smoking triggers, delay giving into the craving until it goes away, finding a distraction in work or hobbies, and giving your mouth something else to do, like chewing gum.

Try Different Methods

Finally, quitting is different for everyone. There are many different ways to quit smoking, and not every way will work for you. The key is to stick with it. If you try something and it doesn’t work, try something else. It’s never too late to find a new way to kick your habit.

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